By skag from Vancouver, WA
Editor's Note Be sure to discuss this with your doctor. Only use the commonly available 3% dilution as stronger dilutions can be irritating or even dangerous.
This is not good. There are products in the pharmacy section that are formulated especially to desolve ear wax. DeBrox is one and there are others. There is no need to use peroxide.
I have never heard of using peroxide for ear wax removal, but my kids' doctor said to put a drop of cooking oil in the ear at night before you go to bed. Your body heats up the oil and makes the wax run right out. Just be sure to put a towel on your pillow! I have used this method on my kids and it really does work.
Hydrogen peroxide does work. I work at an Urgent Care facility and that's what we use to irrigate patient's ear's. Well we use half water and half peroxide to irrigate the ears. It works. Sometimes it may take a while but once the wax starts loosening up, it slides right out.
No. Doing that kills the good bacteria also, and that is bad. Mineral oil is better.
Hydrogen peroxide is also good for killing colds in the beginning. It really does work. I got an eyedropper and put hydrogen peroxide in each ear. Let it sit there a while, then drain out on a towel. It's helped me several times and with no ill effects. I also wouldn't recommend digging in your ears with anything. Just let the peroxide loosen and help and let the wax come out on it's own.
Susan from ThriftyFun
But it is good. And thrifty, too. :-) DeBrox is made from carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide mixed with water (as in DeBrox) produces hydrogen peroxide. Here's a link to an article I found on Medline Plus (a service of the US government's National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health) about cleaning ears, all with readily available substances that many of us may already have in our homes:
Get a new doctor! If the water/peroxide doesn't work after 3-4 attempts, then seek a 'Eye, Ear & Nose Clinic' in your area. The smallest object you can safely insert in the ear canal is your elbow (cotton fibers from Q-tips can be left in your ear [over time] to clog the canal)
Peroxide, is, chemically speaking, water & hydrogen. The hydrogen dissipates, goes back into the atmosphere. Hydrogen is a gas. It's everywhere. The water evaporates. When I used it for mine & my husbands ears, his were really bad, I would have him lie down with the offending ear up. Then put a number of drops in the ear & let it run inside. The bubbling will go on for a long time, the worse the wax, the longer it bubbles.
When all the bubbling goes away, then I would haul him to the bathroom sink & put some warm water in the sink & use one of those syringes to flush the wax pieces out. It does a good job, then we would do the other ear. If this is done on a regular basis, then it keeps it under control. When his ears were seriously bad, we would do it 2x aday, till there were no more pieces coming out.
But here's something most don't know. Excessive ear wax is because of sinus issues. The irritation to the sinus membranes, causes the ear bones to move more & it creates more ear wax cause of the inflammation & what have you. Find out what's irritating your sinus, this will get rid of the excess. Also, it can be caused by a candida over-growth. There are other symptoms of candida, that seem unrelated to the sinus', but they are all related; rashes, allergies, coughs, athletics foot, fungus of the nails, arthritis, gout, dandruff, eczema, digestive problems, constipation, diarrhea, just to name a few. If it is this, you need to get it under control. It can cause things you can't get rid of or really effect your health a bad way. Been there, done that. Horror stories.
Candida has even been found it in the center of tumors, as the starting element. Candida is the bacteria that takes over when you die, it breaks down your body. Too much & you can ever so slowly die. This is no exaggeration. It is insidious.
Saturate a q-tip with the hydrogen peroxide and drop a few drops down into the ear. Lean head to side and hold it there while you do this. After a few seconds, tilt your head the other way and let the peroxide flow out of your ear onto a paper towel. You can then use a q-tip to remove any loose wax.
Another way is to use warm baby oil. Same process...a few drops in the ear for a few seconds, then let the ear drain onto a cloth. Fresh water can then be dropped into the ear and drained to remove anything loose.
The oil feels much better than the cold and fizzy peroxide and the warmth of the oil actually melts a good deal of the wax. .
It only goes so far down into the ear. Dont think it gets rid of the wax, instead it loosens it. Loosens it enough so you can just gently swab the ear and bring back better results.
A quick tip for keeping ear wax build-up from causing problems: I took my mother to the doctor who made her hearing aid, because ear wax had built up on it so bad, that it didn't work. The doctor told her to use a drop of hydrogen peroxide in each ear every evening and it would help cut down on the wax. I tried this on my son, he has such small ear canals and a terrible wax build-up and even a hard time hearing. So far, so good, he said it was "bubbly, cold and tickly" but already after a week, he's hearing better and his ears don't itch from the wax. Simple and inexpensive.
By Bonnie V
Sorry I can't remember the proportions. Go cautiously, don't use it neat. The first time I tried it on my hand neat (as a tester) it burnt my skin. Imagine if that happens to the inside of your ears, ouch. (04/09/2008)
I have had excessive wax build up for most of my life. For those of you who believe in Natural Medicine, use these. If you don't believe in treating the problem the natural way, then by all means continue to use what floats your boat. I am 40 and my grandmother is Cherokee Indian.
For most of my life, she has handmade Ear Candles. I faithfully use ear candles every 3 weeks. My right ear produces more wax than the other so to keep the ear hurts, infections and sinus issues at bay, this is what I do.
I am a Medical Device rep that specializes in the Neurology arena. Although I make my living with traditional medicine and reimbursement, I personally try every issue the natural way. Most physicians do not recommend this type of Homeopathy treatment.
I can say with conviction and experience, it works. They are not approved by the FDA and this is the reason most MD's do not use. All a money game here in the great USA. Order them in bulk off the internet and save $$$. Just buy the plain ones, no scented ones are needed. Retail at stores are about $2 a piece.
You can buy them online from people who make them for about a $1. I use 2 for each ear, each time. Just google Ear Candles Wholesale and you can find them. Hydrogen peroxide does dry the inside of the ear. So, using Olive Oil is the best route. After I use an ear candle, I drop a few drops of Olive oil in the ear. Just be careful when you ear candle. (01/02/2009)
I let an earful of half-water, half-peroxide sit in my ear for about fifteen minutes, drained it out, repeated the process four times on that ear alone, and then used a bulb syringe with warm water to flush the ear canal several times, and wow. It was nasty to see what came out. Then I dropped in some alcohol to help dry the ear out, used a blow dryer on the warm (not hot) low setting, and voila! I even did this with my other ear, which I didn't think was clogged at all, and a bunch of wax came out. It's a miraculous treatment. I'm so glad I found this remedy, because my hearing is much better and I don't have that stupid ringing in my ears anymore, or that clogged underwater feeling. Thank goodness for hydrogen peroxide. (02/14/2009)
Carbamide Peroxide shouldn't hurt at 10% (like in mouth ulcer products) concentration (3% hydrogen peroxide equivalent) but it might hurt at 35% (12% equivalent), causing white chemical burns on skin and gums. HTH, Dan (04/27/2009)
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