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Is hydrogen peroxide a good treatment for an outer ear infection?

Is hydrogen peroxide a good treatment for an outer ear infection?

No: Peroxide has very limited use in treating anything with the ear. Occasionally it can help soften rock hard wax prior to removing it. It will not treat infections. See your ENT or pcp for an ear infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Also known as otitis externa, this is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more


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Whst is the treatment for swimmers ear?

Whst is the treatment for swimmers ear?

Drying and antibioti: Swimmer's ear is usually a topical infection inthe ear canal. Not the ear drum. Dry the fluid and put in antibiotic drops. ...Read more

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Hydrogen peroxide doesn't bubble in my ear why?

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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I used hydrogen peroxide to try to dissolve my impacted ear wax that is stuck to my eardrum. It didn't work?

I used hydrogen peroxide to try to dissolve my impacted ear wax that is stuck to my eardrum. It didn't work?

Ear lavage: Hydrogen peroxide can help dissolve ear wax however if it didn't help it may be time to seek professional help for a formal ear lavage. ...Read more

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I just put hydrogen peroxide in my ear because its clogged its popping doesn't hurt but how can I get it to drain all the way? It feels full

I just put hydrogen peroxide in my ear because its clogged its popping doesn't hurt but how can I get it to drain all the way? It feels full

Fluid in ear: As long as there is no problem with the eardrum, you can try using a hair dryer held at arm's length pointed at the ear to evaporate the fluid. Or you can try a couple drops of isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) after the peroxide, then air drying. Otherwise, a visit to the ENT doctor may be in order- he/she has the equipment needed for further suctioning without causing harm to the eardrum. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of black dermographism on my ear caused by cheap stainless steel earrings? Hydrogen peroxide didn't work

How do I get rid of black dermographism on my ear caused by cheap stainless steel earrings? Hydrogen peroxide didn't work

Tempus fugit: If it is a discoloration from superficial metal staining then the discoloration will fade as the skin sloughs and regenerates. If the staining is deeper and the metal got deposited in the sweat glands the discoloration may take a lot longer to resolve. ...Read more

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Is hydrogen peroxide herpes treatment safe?

Is hydrogen peroxide herpes treatment safe?

Herpes simplex: Hydrogen peroxide is probably reasonably safe to use but is not likely to make a significant difference in outcome. ...Read more

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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?

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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Nose still split and sore. Treated with hydrogen peroxide and vacate in which cleared it up for only a few days. That treatment won't work any more.

Nose still split and sore. Treated with hydrogen peroxide and vacate in which cleared it up for only a few days. That treatment won't work any more.

Vestibulitis: It depends where your nose is sore, but if it is around the nostrils, you can get a low grade infection in the nostril entrance which causes redness, pain, splitting of the nasal skin, crusting and it can be stubborn. It often requires a topical antibiotic and sometimes oral antibiotic. The hydrogen peroxide may be too irritating and drying. Should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to pour hydrogen peroxide in my ear to remove earwax?

Is it safe to pour hydrogen peroxide in my ear to remove earwax?

Safe yes smart no: As a general rule your ear canal and everything in it should not be touched either by water, qtips, bobby pins or peroxide. The only thing these things do is anger the ear canal skin and angry ear canal skin responds by making more wax. Unless you can not hear due to wax leave your ear alone. If you feel as if your wax is a problem see an ENT doctor. We are wax specialists. ...Read more

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