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Doctor insights on: Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Clean Ears

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Is it true that one can use hydrogen peroxide to clean the ears?

Is it true that one can use hydrogen peroxide to clean the ears?

Yes: Hydrogen peroxide is a safe and inexpensive method of dissolving impacted ear wax. But it may be irritating if you do not have wax. So make sure frown from an ENT doctor that wax is the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How often can I use hydrogen peroxide to clean my ears. I seem to get a build up of fluid in my ears and then they seem to block up.?

How often can I use hydrogen peroxide to clean my ears. I seem to get a build up of fluid in my ears and then they seem to block up.?

Not a problem, but..: Hydrogen peroxide in the manner you describe should not be a problem. You may want to check with a physician for the cause of the frequent buildup. ...Read more

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Can I use 6% hydrogen peroxide to clean blocked ear?

Can I use 6% hydrogen peroxide to clean blocked ear?

Would dilute it 50%: And use 3% hydrogen peroxide. It is less irritating on tissues. ...Read more

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I use hydrogen peroxide to clean and qtips to take out the wax. I know its bad to use qtips. My ear hurts, I use h.P.To see if there is wax but none.

I use hydrogen peroxide to clean and qtips to take out the wax. I know its bad to use qtips. My ear hurts, I use h.P.To see if there is wax but none.

Stop with the qtips: No fingers or bobby pins either. You have probably given yourself "eczematous otitis externa". You need wax to help waterproof the ear, prevent itching, and to be a natural antibiotic and antifungal. No more than 2x a month qtips for you. Consider trying the product comfort earx that you can get on amazon. If that fails, see an ENT for an evaluation and possible rx drop like dermotic. ...Read more

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Can you use hydrogen peroxide on a 5 day old ear cartilage peircing 3 times a day? Or how many times should u clean it?

Can you use hydrogen peroxide on a 5 day old ear cartilage peircing 3 times a day? Or how many times should u clean it?

Likely is fine: This is not likely to be a problem. However, if you think there is a problem (i.e. An infection) then you probably should have this examined. Sometimes a person can develop an allergy to nickel and it can simply appear chronically irritated. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use hydrogen peroxide to clean ear wax if I have a perforated eardrum?

Peroxide: Be very careful. Hydrogen peroxide can damage you ears and cause serious trouble. ...Read more

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What is the very best way to clean ears with hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide can damage your healthy tissues too. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long should hydrogen peroxide be left in my ear when cleaning?

How long should hydrogen peroxide be left in my ear when cleaning?

Little if any: Hydrogen peroxide breaks down to water as it bubbles out the oxygen. This water can create a puddle effect that causes the skin to swell. Over time the skin in the canal cracks and exposes body serum, leading to infection by canal germs (swimmers ear). If you use peroxide, get it all out after use. ...Read more

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Should I clean my ear with carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide?

Should I clean my ear with carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide?

Ear Wax: Products like Murine, Auro & Debrox contain Carbamide Peroxide. They are made to clean ears. Low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide are sometimes used to loosen wax before it's removal. I personally wouldn't recommend that you start pouring chemicals into your ears. The higher the concentration the more chance there is for tissue damage. If you are having ear problems consider seeing an ENT Dr. ...Read more

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My ears have been clogged for a few weeks and wondering if hydrogen peroxide is safe to use to clean them out if I've had tubes put in as a child?

My ears have been clogged for a few weeks and wondering if hydrogen peroxide is safe to use to clean them out if I've had tubes put in as a child?

No: No, please do not put hydrogen peroxide in your ears. If they feel clogged, but no other symptoms like pain in ears, or fevers, then try an oral antihistamine or decongestant to see if that helps. If not, see your primary care physician or ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Used hydrogen peroxide to try to clean ear. Within seconds felt shooting pain from ear down to neck. What could cause this?

Used hydrogen peroxide to try to clean ear. Within seconds felt shooting pain from ear down to neck. What could cause this?

Ear pain with H2O2: What was the temp of the peroxide? If it was cold it can cause irritation and shooting pain. Alternatively there my be an infection in the ear with nerve irritation, or even a perforation of the ear drum. The shooting pain from ear to neck occurs when the ear is irritated and manipulated. F/u w/ doc /urgent care may need antibiotics ...Read more

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I cleaned my ears using hydrogen peroxide and after that, my other ear hurts but the other is fine. This is the first time this happened.

I cleaned my ears using hydrogen peroxide and after that, my other ear hurts but the other is fine. This is the first time this happened.

Acquired problem: Unfortunately, the peroxide turns to into water after use and too much moisture in the ear canal can lead to overgrowth of germs/fungus.You may have triggered the equivalent of "swimmers ear".A solution of alcohol and vinegar may help it dry out and eliminate the fungus, but may be too painful to use. Make a call to your doc & see if they want you to come in or just send out meds. ...Read more

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Almost 2 years ago, I have had a perforated ear drum which has already healed and closed. Will cleaning with hydrogen peroxide to this ear be safe?

Almost 2 years ago, I have had a perforated ear drum which has already healed and closed. Will cleaning with hydrogen peroxide to this ear be safe?

Yes...diluted 50-50: Yes, is the simple answer, If it is diluted 50-50 with water. But better if the PCP's office with ability to look into the ears can do the flushing. ...Read more

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Is Hydrogen peroxide bad or harmful to use while cleaning ears with cotton swabs? I do it a lot I need a way to get ear wax out

Is Hydrogen peroxide bad or harmful to use while cleaning ears with cotton swabs? I do it a lot I need a way to get ear wax out

Ear cleaning: You should never insert a cotton swab into your ears as it will injure your ear canal and ear drum. Cotton swabs are not made to be inserted into your ears. You are actually pushing the wax deeper into your ear canal. ...Read more

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Allergic to hydrogen peroxide or infected ear piecing? (cleaned ears with peroxide they swelled up, painful, red and oxidation of the skin occurred)

Allergic to hydrogen peroxide or infected ear piecing? (cleaned ears with peroxide they swelled up, painful, red and oxidation of the skin occurred)

Infection.: Your ears are infected and you need to see you doctor to get an antibiotic before things get worse. Hydrogen peroxide is more show than substance for infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be cleaning your ear with carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide?

Ear wax: Products like Murine, Auro & Debrox contain Carbamide Peroxide. They are made to clean ears. Low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide are sometimes used to loosen wax before it's removal. I personally wouldn't recommend that you start pouring chemicals into your ears. The higher the concentration the more chance there is for tissue damage. If you are having ear problems consider seeing an ENT Dr. ...Read more

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Hearing in my left ear has been muffled for the last couple of days. Made worse when I tried cleaning it with a q-tip. After being told by my friend's mom (a doctor) to try putting a drop of oil and then hydrogen peroxide it feels like its even worse I'm

Hearing in my left ear has been muffled for the last couple of days. Made worse when I tried cleaning it with a q-tip. After being told by my friend's mom (a doctor) to try putting a drop of oil and then hydrogen peroxide it feels like its even worse I'm

It: It sounds like you may have had a wax impaction that you compressed with the q-tip plugging the ear canal further. Any of the wax drops to soften wax should be followed within a day or two of useage with irrigation (assuming no history of eardrum perforation) to evacuate the softened debris. This can be easily done with a baby bulb syringe and luke warm water (so as not to evoke a caloric "dizzy" response). If this doesn't work see a physician who can look in your ears, make a diagnosis, and clean them out for you if needed. I certainly would want to make sure some of the cotton from the q-tip didn't get separated and lodge in your ear canal. ...Read more

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Hydrogen peroxide on ears with irritatied by earrings?

Hydrogen peroxide on ears with irritatied by earrings?

No, ? allergy: Hydrogen peroxide is likely to increase the damage. You may have contact sensitivity to nickel in the jewelry. If you must wear offending earrings, coat the metal with clear nail polish. ...Read more

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Can hydrogen peroxide be poured in ear?

Probably: As long as your ear drum is intact, it should not be a problem. ...Read more

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How much time should you keep hydrogen peroxide in your ears?

How much time should you keep hydrogen peroxide in your ears?

Hydrogen Peroxide: Don't recommend that you start pouring chemicals into your ears. The higher the concentration the more chance there is for tissue damage. If you are having ear problems consider seeing an ENT Dr. Products like Murine, Auro & Debrox contain Carbamide Peroxide. They are made to clean ears. If you use these - follow directions on box. Some people do use Hydrogen peroxide to loosen ear wax. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to use hydrogen peroxide to unclog ear?

Not my favorite: I have spent 20 years unplugging ears and I never used hydrogen peroxide. Check out drug store, there are a number of overt the counter cerumenolytics that work. ...Read more

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Should use hydrogen peroxide spray for my ears?

Should use hydrogen peroxide spray for my ears?

Not recommended: The best way to care for your ears is to make a mixture of 9 parts alcohol and 1 part white vinegar. Put a few drops in you ears to help clean them and to dry them after swimming. ...Read more

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Had tubes in ears, is hydrogen peroxide ok to use?

Had tubes in ears, is hydrogen peroxide ok to use?

No: If you have tubes in your ears, it means that your external ear is open into your middle ear. When you use peroxide in your external ear, it is to dissolve the wax. You do not want peroxide or dissolved wax in your middle ear, which would give you a serious infection. ...Read more

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Hydrogen peroxide doesn't bubble in my ear why?

Why: Why should it? The skin is intact. Why are you putting it in your ear. Not a good idea. ...Read more

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Is it ok if I use 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in my ears every week?

Is it ok if I use 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in my ears every week?

Only if needed: The ear is self cleaning, and a small amount or earwax is beneficial for ear canal health. Hydrogen peroxide is best used to resolve earwax blockage or to soften impacted cerumen so it can be gently removed by an ent. ...Read more

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Ok to use hydrogen peroxide to help soften and remove heavily impacted wax from ears in somewhat remote location?

Ok to use hydrogen peroxide to help soften and remove heavily impacted wax from ears in somewhat remote location?

Yes with a syringe: Hydrogen peroxide with an ear syringe is fine. If the. Wax is really impacted, you will need to see and ENT specialist who has the tools to remove it. If it doesn't come out with the irrigate by syringe DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE IT YOURSELF WITH ANY TOOL. That would be inviting a perforation of an eardrum ...Read more

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What are possible reasons that my ear hurts after using hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide can damage your healthy tissues too. Need to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I'm having ear pain after using hydrogen peroxide?

What does it mean if I'm having ear pain after using hydrogen peroxide?

Pain: It could be the hydrogen peroxide itself. However if you have done this is the past without pain likely you have an external otitis. Get checked. An ototscope exam would tell what is wrong. ...Read more

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What to do if I put 5% hydrogen peroxide in my ear and it won't come out! Help!?

Rinse thoroughly: I would rinse the area repeatedly with a gentle stream of warm water (no pressure). ...Read more

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My ear has been clogged for two days and I put hydrogen peroxide inside yesterday to unclog it but it didn't do anything at all. It doesn't hurt.

My ear has been clogged for two days and I put hydrogen peroxide inside yesterday to unclog it but it didn't do anything at all. It doesn't hurt.

Be seen: Most likely, as you suspected, you have ear wax plugging your ear canal. H2o2 has been used by folks to dissolve it but that is a harsh chemical that can damage skin, especially if used full strength. Safer ways exist to clean out an ear. Also, other things can cause that problem that might be in a different part of the ear, so the best approach is to have someone who knows what they are doing loo. ...Read more