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Does it hurt to clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide?

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Dr. David Martin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Ear cleaning: As long as you do not have a perforation of your ear drum, hydrogen peroxide is perfectly safe to use in the ears.
Dr. Charles Davant
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Probably not: Unless you have a perforated eardrum putting a little warm hydrogen peroxide in the ear canals shouldn't hurt. It may help soften the wax.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
No: Hydrogen peroxide at 1/2 strength(diluted with water) will clean out ear wax safely. If you have a perforated ear drum though consult an ear doctor prior to putting any drops in the ear.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: If you leave enough HP behind that the canal remains wet, you foster conditions for germ growth, swelling & cracking of the skin. This can give rise to the equivalent of swimmers ear. There are solutions designed to clear ear wax that do not have this potential when used as instructed.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide? What if it goes down into them?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
You can: Though water will do just as good. Your ears are closed off at the ear drum, so any fluid you pour into them will run out.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide?

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Dr. Joel Steckelman
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Helps to remove ear wax.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Do you use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to clean your ears?

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Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology 43 years experience
Ear cleaning: There is no reason to use either product to clean the ears. Mild soap and water is more than enough. You should not be forcing materials into the ear canal other than water. Sometimes hydrogen peroxide might to used to clean if blood was in the ear. Alcohol will irritate the ear.

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