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Dr. Joel Steckelman Dr. Steckelman
Pediatrics
years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Dr. Charles Davant Dr. Davant
Family Medicine
45 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Does it hurt to clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide?

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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Dr. Gregory Hines Dr. Hines
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Robert Peppercorn Dr. Peppercorn
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I went to icings to pierce my ears & i think i'm allergic to something that's in the ear care solution, can I use hydrogen peroxide instead?

I went to icings to pierce my ears & i think i'm allergic to something that's in the ear care solution, can I use hydrogen peroxide instead?

Hydrogen Peroxide: Don't recommend use of alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide to clean piercings as they may cause the surrounding skin to dry out excessively. Hydrogen peroxide can damage healthy tissue. ...Read more

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Dr. Reza Bayati Dr. Bayati
Wound care
29 years in practice
Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
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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

Dr. Bernstein Joel Dr. Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
56 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Richard Williams Dr. Williams
Pharmacy
14 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Bruce Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
Family Medicine
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Kristin Sokol Dr. Sokol
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Rebecca Gliksman Dr. Gliksman
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Dora Chizea Dr. Chizea
Anti-Aging Medicine
44 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
15 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Donald Shenenberger Dr. Shenenberger
Dermatology
21 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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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?

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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Dr. Edwin Ishoo Dr. Ishoo
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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