Hopefully by now you’ve heard how dangerous it is to use cotton swabs, bobby pins or other pointed objects to remove earwax. But when you do want to remove the substance, how do you proceed? One alternative method that’s popular online is using hydrogen peroxide. If you’re wondering whether this is a safe option, we’ll answer your question below.
Does Earwax Need to Be Removed?
Before addressing methods for removing earwax, it’s important to note that earwax doesn’t actually need to be removed unless it’s impacted. Signs of impacted earwax include earache, itchy ear, infection, tinnitus, dizziness and hearing loss. Impacted earwax needs to be removed in a doctor’s office.
Earwax plays the important role of lubricating the ear canals to prevent irritation as well as trapping debris and moving it away from the auditory system. In most cases, earwax works itself out of the ears during regular jaw movements. However, if you feel that it is unsightly and you want to take care of it before your date at the Primrose Path Wine Bar, we’ll walk you through the safest options.
Is Hydrogen Peroxide Safe for Ears?
Hydrogen peroxide is effective for helping soften and dissolve earwax. When used properly, hydrogen has a good safety profile for use as eardrops. It is, however, possible to experience temporary side effects like:
- Temporary fizzing/bubbling sensation
- Temporary ear pain
- Temporary hearing loss
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Bitter taste
If you experience discomfort, flush it out right away.
How to Properly Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions or the instructions on the package. The rule of thumb is that you should not exceed more than 10 drops in one ear at a time. Instead, we suggest placing 5-10 drops in each ear twice a day, no more than four days in a row.
Consult a doctor if you have ongoing ear discomfort. Never use hydrogen peroxide in your ears if you suspect you have an ear infection or damaged eardrum. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the experts at Texas ENT & Allergy today.