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my one year old has an ear infection. i've been using peroxide and thats been doing the job. can i still use it? is it safe?

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Dr. Kamlesh Desai
22 years experience Family Medicine
Peroxide: If it is an outer ear infection, and peroxide is helping , continue daily use for a week if not resolved see your pediatrician, as it may be wax not coming out on it's own.
Answered on Mar 26, 2014
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Dr. Glenn Kaye
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No to peroxide: Peroxide is never a good thing to use in the ear. While it is widely recommended by those who don't know better, it is a bit of an "old wives' tale". It does not cure any infection, nor does it dissolve or remove cerumen. Regarding your child's "ear infection"; it must first be distinguished whether the infection is otitis media (middle ear infection), or otitis externa (external ear infecion).
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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