Can You Put Peroxide in Your Ear?

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Hydrogen peroxide is a common component of over-the-counter products that are made to treat earwax, but hydrogen peroxide is potentially harmful if there is a hole in the ear drum. Find out why hydrogen peroxide isn't the best option for treating ear issues with help from a neurologist and otologist in this free video on ear problems and hearing.

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Hello. My name is Dr. Jack Shohet, and I'm here to explain whether or not Hydrogen Peroxide can be used in the ear. Hydrogen Peroxide is a common component of several over the counter products that are made to treat ear wax. It is potentially harmful in some cases where there may be a hole in the ear drum, or an ongoing ear infection. In which case, you could potentially do damage to the ear. A dilute peroxide solution could potentially help loosen the wax, so that your body may expel it more easily on it's own. I don't typically recommend using peroxide directly in the ear canal, as it can create problems such as what I've explained. There are safe ways to deal with the wax in your ear canal, than pouring Hydrogen Peroxide into the ear canal.

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