A member asked:

Does it hurt to clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide?

6 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. David Martin answered

Specializes in ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

As long as you do not have a perforation of your ear drum, hydrogen peroxide is perfectly safe to use in the ears.

Answered Apr 21, 2017


Dr. Charles Davant answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

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.

Answered Nov 28, 2017


Dr. David Sherris answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

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.

Answered Aug 26, 2017


Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

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.

Answered Jul 9, 2018



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