1. Can Hydrogen Peroxide Be Used for Earwax?
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.
2. How to Remove Earwax with Peroxide?
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.
3. How to Make Ear Drops with Hydrogen Peroxide at Home?
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.
4. What to Do When Hydrogen Peroxide Blocks the Ear?
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.
5. What Are the Other Ways to Clear a Clogged Ear?
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.