How to Clean Ears with Hydrogen Peroxide
Earwax is naturally produced in the ear, but when it is in excess it can interfere with hearing, create discomfort and increase the risk of infections. Many people use cotton swabs or cotton buds to clean their ears, but in this way, the earwax shifts even deeper, with the risk of causing damage. The best method is to use hydrogen peroxide; With due precautions, you can clean your ears with this product safely and effectively.
1) Get to see your doctor before trying to clean your ears at home.
Earwax plays an important role in the auditory system, since it protects the ears from fungi and bacteria, and it is rather rare that it is formed so much that it needs to be removed; however, if you experience an otalgia, a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear, or you lose hearing, you should talk to your doctor to make sure it is excess wax and not some other problem.
It is safer to contact the doctor to remove it.
If the ear problem is not due to this substance, in reality, hydrogen peroxide can cause greater damage.
If the doctor agrees, you can proceed with cleaning with hydrogen peroxide at home; ask for advice on the choice and use of household cleaning products used for this purpose.
2) Consider buying a cerumen removal kit.
You can find this product ready in pharmacy or parapharmacy and it’s easy to use; Generally, it is a mixture of substances that soften the wax, such as Debrox drops, which often contain a slight form of peroxide. The kit also often includes a bulb syringe or other tools necessary for the procedure.
3) Gather the material.
You can use products that you already have available at home; the cleaning procedure takes about 30-45 minutes; procure and prepare the following material before starting:
An oil to soften the wax, such as mineral oil, for children, olive or glycerine;
Hydrogen peroxide or a solution of carbamide peroxide available in the main pharmacies;
The peroxide must be diluted; make sure it is 3% or less concentrated.
Two medium-sized bowls;
A rubber bulb syringe;
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4) Heat oil and hydrogen peroxide.
Inserting cold liquids into the ear can create discomfort, so you need to warm them up before using them.  Fill two bowls with hot water, put the bottle of peroxide in one of the two and the one in the other; alternatively, you can pour oil and peroxide into two bowls and put the latter in very hot water.
Check the temperature of the two substances on the skin of the hand before instilling them in the ears; make sure they are hot but not boiling.
Perform the Procedure
5) Take the right position.
Fold the head to one side so that the ear to be cleaned is facing up. If you find it comfortable, put a clean towel under the head or on the shoulder of the ear that you have to treat, in order to collect any falling drops.
6) Soften the wax with oil.
Pour a little into the dropper and let a couple of drops fall into your ear; wait for them to act for about three minutes, always keeping their head bent.
Do not push the device too deeply into the ear, but only introduce the tip carefully, letting the oil drop down to the eardrum.
7) Add hot hydrogen peroxide.
Pour a small dose into the dropper and gently instill a little in the same ear; leave the substances to act for 10 minutes.
At this stage you may experience a gurgling sensation, itching or irritation, while the peroxide does its job; you may even hear a crackling sound.
8) Rinse the wax with warm water.
When the solution stops bubbling and the useful time has elapsed, pour some warm water into the ear canal using the bulb syringe. Bend the head so that the ear is over the sink, hold the syringe at a 45 ° angle and carefully sprinkle the water into the ear; pull the pavilion back and forth with the other hand to straighten the ear canal and allow the water to get in better.
9) Drain your ear completely.
Make sure that water, hydrogen peroxide and oil escape from the ear and fall into the sink or towel; you should also see the wax that comes down with the other substances. Pull the pavilion again to allow better drainage and let the liquid go down, waiting for it to come out completely.
10) Dry the ear carefully.
Use the towel for the pavilion or you can use a hair dryer set at the minimum temperature to remove moisture from the ear canal.
11) Clean the other ear.
Repeat the procedure for the other, reheating hydrogen peroxide and oil again, if they have cooled in the meantime.
12) Perform cleaning as often as you need.
It may take different actions to be able to dissolve the ear wax enough to remove it completely from the ear. You can try to repeat the treatment for several days but have your doctor visit if the symptoms do not improve after several attempts.
Once you have freed your ears, you can repeat this kind of cleaning once a month.
If you notice that you often have an excess of ear wax (but you do not suffer from other disorders of the ear canals), you can apply the oil every week to soften it and expel it; insert two or three drops in each ear and let them flow outwards adding warm water. Do not use hydrogen peroxide every week because it tends to dry out the duct too much.
13) Use peroxide on a weekly basis if you suffer from the swimmer’s ear.
Also known as external otitis, this disorder is an infection of the most exposed area of the ear canal (outside the eardrum) that affects many people who swim. If you also tend to be affected frequently and have already been diagnosed in the past by your doctor, you can occasionally clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide as a prevention method.
As a protection, you can also instill 2-3 drops of oil in each ear before entering the pool.
Use oxygenated water in a safe way
14) Add mineral oil or children to hydrogen peroxide, if you have sensitive skin.
This substance may be too aggressive if you have delicate skin; in fact, the dehydrate a lot and can be irritating, especially if you tend to suffer from rashes or skin reactions. If you notice that the ear canal is dry, you can add a few drops of these types of oils to make it less aggressive; however, if you do not get satisfactory results, change to an alternative method.
You can also use only hot water or a saline solution. To prepare the latter, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in 250 ml of boiled water.
15) Contact your doctor if you have any signs of ear infection.
In this case, you do not have to clean them with hydrogen peroxide, but go from the window to get a diagnosis and get prescribed a cure; based on the aetiology, antibiotic drug therapy may be required.
The main symptoms of an infection are a pain in the ear canal (especially when you lie down), reduced hearing ability and leaking fluids from the ears; you may also experience a feeling of fullness or pressure inside the ear canals or even fever.
Look for possible signs of infection in children, who may cry, pull their ears, have difficulty sleeping, hearing and responding to sounds, fever of 38 ° C or more, lack of balance, loss of appetite or a headache.
16) Keep your ears clean and dry, if you have a perforated eardrum.
If it is punctured or torn, you must not insert any liquid; you may suspect it is broken if you experience increased pressure or internal pain, followed by rapid relief, drainage of ear fluids and hearing loss. In these cases, go immediately to the glass because, even if the problem resolves spontaneously in the majority of cases, sometimes surgery is required. In the meantime, keep your ears clean and dry.
Do not use hydrogen peroxide if you have an earphone or tympanostomy tube. Some people suffering from frequent ear infections are implanted with a hollow tube in the eardrum when they are still in their infancy; If you have had any surgery on your ears, you should not use hydrogen peroxide.