Hydrogen Peroxide Eardrops - Ear Care Solution

Hydrogen peroxide eardrops are a solution containing hydrogen peroxide that can be used for ear hygiene, earwax softening, or as an antiseptic agent for minor ear issues.
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Available at pharmacies, health stores, and online retailers specializing in ear care products.
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Hydrogen Peroxide Eardrops FAQ


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How does hydrogen peroxide ear drops work?

Hydrogen peroxide works by mechanically assisting to soften and remove debris when instilled into the ear. Hydrogen peroxide ear drops can be used as prevention medication 1-3 times per week to clear wax and to keeps ears clear from debris. What should I expect when I place hydrogen peroxide ear drops into my ear?

Are hydrogen peroxide eardrops safe?

Hydrogen peroxide eardrops are generally safe to use. Do not use hydrogen peroxide if you have an ear infection, a perforated eardrum, or tympanostomy tubes in your ear. Most people’s ears produce enough earwax to protect against infections and water. In most cases, the wax gradually moves out of the ears and doesn’t require intervention.

Do OTC ear drops contain hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in OTC ear drops. It is a cerumenolytic solution that softens and dissolves earwax. However, hydrogen peroxide can irritate the skin inside the ear canal if a person uses it too frequently. Many commercially available ear drops contain hydrogen peroxide.

Can you use hydrogen peroxide ear drops if you have an ear infection?

It can even cause burns at concentrations over 10%. Using too much hydrogen peroxide can irritate the skin inside the ear, leading to inflammation and earaches. People should not use ear drops if they have an ear infection or a damaged eardrum. People should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions or a doctor’s advice when using ear drops.

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