I woke up five days ago with clogging in my ears. Stupidly, I went with one of the first solutions I found online and poured hydrogen peroxide in my ear. It is now stuck in my ear canal and I cannot get it out. I have tried Swim-ear drops, ear candle, wax removal kit and shaking my head violently. It is so annoying. I do not want to get an infection, that could lead to hearing loss in my left ear. I have no insurance and I am a young guy struggling to make it. I am in need of some advise. Please help me.
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I hope this helps you. Do not worry. It is most likely to be impacted wax.
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Earwax is a waxy substance secreted in the ear, which has antifungal and antibacterial properties. But, too much earwax can cause infections, earaches, ear discharge, hearing problems, and tinnitus. Many forms of hydrogen peroxide are present in most of the ear drops available commercially, because it softens, breaks down, and dissolves earwax. Carbamide hydroxide is the most common hydrogen peroxide seen in ear drops.
Eardrops containing hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove earwax. The ear drops can be used by lying on one side with one ear facing upwards and administering a few drops into the ear canal. Keep the solution in the ear for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, sit up straight and blot the solution that comes out with a tissue. Repeat the same steps for the other ear.
Eardrop solution can be made at home by mixing a 1:1 ratio of hydrogen peroxide and water. Always consult your doctor before trying any home remedies, as it might harm your ear and hearing. Or use 3 to 4 % hydrogen peroxide with a medical dropper. Tilt your head and put 10 drops of peroxide solution with a dropper and wait for 5 minutes before rinsing it out.
Peroxide releases oxygen and becomes water when it is put in the ear, as water has high surface tension and forms water droplets rather than spreading out. This makes the ear feel blocked after using peroxide. If this happens, just tilt your head to the side and the water should flow out. If not, then gently tug on the earlobe, which will break the surface tension and will help water flow out.
If ear drops are not effective, then you can irrigate the clogged ear with an ear syringe. Be very careful not to irrigate with a lot of force as it can damage the inner ear. Or you can get ear irrigation done by an ENT doctor. Avoid using cotton swabs, hairpins, and paperclips to clean the ear, as it can push the wax further down the ear.
Hydrogen peroxide is usually safe to use in the ear. But follow the below instructions to prevent side effects:
Always use diluted solution, as a concentrated solution can cause ear injury.
Do not use peroxide if you have an ear infection or a punctured eardrum.
Do not use it repeatedly in a short duration.
Avoid putting more than 10 drops of peroxide solution in the ear. But in case you have put too much of it then immediately rinse your ear with water for a few times. This will remove the excess peroxide from the ear, and get your ears checked by the doctor to see if it caused any harm.
No, it is not advisable to use hydrogen peroxide for ear infection. It might increase the earache and infection.
If your ears are clogged due to cold or sinusitis or because of obstruction of eustachian tubes, try the following things:
Try swallowing, yawning, or chew gum.
Blow out while pinching your nostrils and keeping your mouth closed.
Use nasal decongestants.
If you have allergies, try topical nasal steroids.
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