Hydrogen peroxide drops at a very low concentration have traditionally been used to clear wax from ears. A strong preparation can damage skin of Ear canal and ear drum too.
It is far safer to use Olive oil, 2-3 drops two to three times a day for 2-3 days and wax gets dissolved. One can go to Family Physician to syringe the ears or use Ear suction clearance too.
Yes - it is safe to use hydrogen peroxide to remove/soften earwax. Most eardrops on the market contain hydrogen peroxide. It softens and helps to dissolve the wax. We often recommend to our patients a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. We also recommend scheduling more frequent visits to the office for those who are more prone to wax buildup so one of our Doctors of Audiology can perform cerumen management.
Please be aware this is for healthy ears only! Consult a doctor otherwise.
The safest way to remove wax buildup from your ears is to visit your doctor. At your appointment, your doctor can use special instruments, like a cerumen spoon, forceps, or suction device, to clear the blockage. Many offices also offer professional irrigation.
If you choose to try to remove wax at home, the following are the safest methods to try on your own:
Many pharmacies sell over-the-counter ear drops that soften wax. These drops are typically a solution. They may contain:
Place the specified number of drops into your ear, wait a certain amount of time, and then drain or rinse out your ear. Always follow the instructions on the package. Call your doctor if your symptoms continue after treatment.
You may also choose to irrigate your ears using a syringe. In this process, you’ll gently rinse out the ear canal using water or a saline solution. This method is often more effective if you first use some type of wax softener 15 to 30 minutes before irrigating.
It’s best to warm the solution to your body temperature to avoid dizziness.
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