To apply hydrogen peroxide in the ear, you will need a dropper.
Next, you'll want to follow these steps:
- Lie down on your side with the affected ear facing up.
- Use the dropper to place a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal. Note: You do not need to fill the ear canal.
- Allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit in the ear for 5 minutes to loosen any excess ear wax or debris.
- Finally, tilt your head to the side to allow the hydrogen peroxide to drain from the ear.
Be cautious when using hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax. Common side effects of hydrogen peroxide may occur, such as
- Damage to the delicate skin inside the ear canal
Frequent use of hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal can be tempting, but excessive use can lead to inflammation and irritation within the ear canal.
Symptoms of inflammation may include:
- A feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear
In more severe cases, inflammation can lead to ear infections and other complications.
Be cautious when using hydrogen peroxide, and stop if you notice any unusual symptoms. If you experience persistent discomfort or pain, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for advice.
Since the solution can irritate and inflame the delicate skin inside the ear canal, you may experience:
- An earache
- Other types of discomfort
As mentioned, only use hydrogen peroxide in moderation and only under the guidance of a healthcare professional to avoid any negative consequences.
Too much of the solution can also lead to skin issues such as allergic reactions or contact dermatitis. These skin problems can cause other symptoms to develop, such as:
If you experience an allergic reaction to hydrogen peroxide, stop using it and consult with a healthcare professional immediately for further guidance.
Remember, it's always better to be safe than sorry when caring for your skin.
It should be noted that using hydrogen peroxide to clean ears is only a temporary treatment—not a long-term solution. While it may provide temporary relief, it does not address the buildups' underlying cause and can worsen the problem over time.