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Anyone Remove EAR WAX with Peroxide? My ears are so plugged

Started 1339541491.79 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1341120315.383 by gubby1

The sooneds I can get into a ear nose throat is 4 weeks....I can't hear and it is really hard in meetings at work, I'm not getting all the info. I need.

I watched a YouTube video about using Peroxide - letting it soak for 10min then flushing your ear with warm water and peroxide mix

Have you tried it?

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Miss Elain­e Eous1339541806.582257 PostsRegistered 1/11/2007
Are you sure it's a wax problem? I ask because I have problems with my ears but it's not wax and not an infection. It's about how my ears drain naturally. My doc recommended sudafed and flonase to help dry it out. Maybe you can see an express care facility in the meantime for some answers.

JeanLouise­Finch1339541881.5811034 PostsRegistered 10/3/2011

No, haven't tried that. I've had success with a bulb syringe and warm water.

sunshine451339541946.05741913 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

i use debrox or the generic store brand...... if that doesnt work, then i go to the doctor to get them cleaned out.

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Who Me1339541991.02330 PostsRegistered 1/4/2009

I sympathize. At least twice a year I have a similar problem. Try Debrox - the kit. The solution has carbamide peroxide (6.5%). Use it for a day ot two. Then use the syringe (comes in the kit) to flush out the wax with warm water. This works! Debrox is the best. Green and yellow box. About $8.00 for the kit -over-the-counter. Good luck!

JeanLouise­Finch1339542021.26311034 PostsRegistered 10/3/2011

Just wondering....have you had a cold recently? You could have some remaining congestion in the ear. If so, take an OTC decongestant and see if it helps.

Sandgirl1339542080.1737312 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 6/12/2012 Just MeKP said:

No, haven't tried that. I've had success with a bulb syringe and warm water.


do you just keep flushing till something comes out?

I know I can go to urgent care, I was sick with a cold about 3 months ago (YES THAT LONG) and my ears have been plugged ever since...

If I can "try" it at home first...then I want to. I just don't know at what point you give up on trying and just go in, how long do you have to rinse before stuff starts to come out?

Sandgirl1339542137.1437312 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 6/12/2012 Who Me said:

I sympathize. At least twice a year I have a similar problem. Try Debrox - the kit. The solution has carbamide peroxide (6.5%). Use it for a day ot two. Then use the syringe (comes in the kit) to flush out the wax with warm water. This works! Debrox is the best. Green and yellow box. About $8.00 for the kit -over-the-counter. Good luck!

I will look for it tomorrow

so, good old Hydrogen Peroxide doesn't work?

coldlake1339542219.2071325 PostsRegistered 12/5/2008

I used a home remedy for a cold that called for putting one or two drops of peroxide in each ear. With even one tiny drop, you can hear it sizzle and it feels very wet. Of course it did nothing to help my cold.

If you think your ears may be clogged with wax I would not flush with anything, water can become trapped in there and cause an infection. I agree with the poster who suggested a walk in care facility. I've used the one at my local Walgreens and been very satisfied.

beautybee1339542220.9771085 PostsRegistered 1/11/2012

This happened to me quite recently! My ear felt blocked and I tried the over the counter ear wax removal kits. It didn't help. I finally went to a walk in medical clinic. The nurse used a large spray bottle type thing and squirted it directly into my ear. I had to hold a plastic bowl by my ear to catch the water. A lot of wax came out. And it turned out I also had inflamation and an infection so the doctor wrote a script for drops and antibiotics. I have tinitus in my other ear, so I really was worried. Can't risk further damage. My ear is much better now.

I would advise you to go see a doctor or walk in clinic as soon as you can just in case of infection.

KatCat11339542371.68317143 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

Go to Walgreens and they have a kit for cleaning your ears. Or get into a very warm tub of water and submerge your ears in the water laying on your back. It cleans them immediately. Or you can stand and pour a little warm water in your ear and hold it. The tub is easier. I have done the tub and it works.

butcherbab­e21339542391.248 PostsRegistered 6/11/2012

Regular old peroxide does work! My hubby uses it quite regularly, and he gets along fine. He runs a sink of warm water and rinses his ears, then takes a large syringe and flushes his ears with the peroxide.

Homebody11339542420.691887 PostsRegistered 7/23/2005

Your regular primary dr should be able to help you out.

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Nancy Drew1339542597.3475553 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I have used esr candles before and I love them.

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JeanLouise­Finch1339542715.43311034 PostsRegistered 10/3/2011
On 6/12/2012 Sandgirl said:
On 6/12/2012 Just MeKP said:

No, haven't tried that. I've had success with a bulb syringe and warm water.


do you just keep flushing till something comes out?

I know I can go to urgent care, I was sick with a cold about 3 months ago (YES THAT LONG) and my ears have been plugged ever since...

If I can "try" it at home first...then I want to. I just don't know at what point you give up on trying and just go in, how long do you have to rinse before stuff starts to come out?

Yes. It's a little messy, but it works. You want the water as warm as you can tolerate so it will soften the wax. Just be careful not to make it too hot. As another poster described, you need to hold a bowl under your ear to catch the water. I'd also recommend a towel over your shoulder. Fill the syringe and using moderate force, spray it into your ear. You don't want to go too hard and risk damaging anything. Anyway, kind of have your head tilted to the side to make things run out easier. Continue to refill the syringe and spray it into your ear until something comes out. It shouldn't take more than a few repititions. If you don't get anything, it could be something else that's causing your probblem.

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VaBelle351339542725.8939600 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004VA suburbs of Washington, DC

Yes I use peroxide. It's what they used on me in the ENT's office. I put the peroxide in one ear with the squeegie thing they sell for ears and put cotton in it until the bubbling stops and then rinse it out with warm water. I put my head down so that the peroxide stays in there. It works well.

My doctor said not to do it a lot as it is very drying, but once in a while when needed isn't a problem. I have bad allergies and one ear seems to clog more than others with wax due to the way my ear canal is shaped.

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Eager2Learn1339542939.643825 PostsRegistered 10/21/2011

Many years ago my doctor told me to use a few drops of Peroxide in my ears to clear the wax. As soon as I feel the need, I'll put in a few drops, let it sit, then let it drain out onto a tissue and wipe the ear clean. It works instantly for me.

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bettynewbie1339543188.9971411 PostsRegistered 8/28/2007

if you want to feel satisfied use a ear candle....it works...I purchase mine from the health food store...I think chinese grocery would have them also...there will be long strings of wax in the candle...very satisfying...lol

Sandgirl1339544269.787312 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 6/12/2012 bettynewbie said:

if you want to feel satisfied use a ear candle....it works...I purchase mine from the health food store...I think chinese grocery would have them also...there will be long strings of wax in the candle...very satisfying...lol


I have seen these but I am to scared to try them!

rebel1339544364.8835458 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

my ears have always been waxy so i am all ears to what everyone says here.

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Talidog1339546218.6233763 PostsRegistered 8/9/2007Heart of Dixie

I haven't read all the responses, but as a retired Audiologist, I would recommend everyone with "plugged" ears to see an Ent...don't use Q-Tips (which only makes it worse) if it's a wax impaction. You need to see if you have an infection, impacked wax or some other problem. Squirting liquid in your ears can cause a perforation in the eardrum and many other problems. K

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Sandgirl1339546511.6837312 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 6/12/2012 Kacky said:

I haven't read all the responses, but as a retired Audiologist, I would recommend everyone with "plugged" ears to see an Ent...don't use Q-Tips (which only makes it worse) if it's a wax impaction. You need to see if you have an infection, impacked wax or some other problem. Squirting liquid in your ears can cause a perforation in the eardrum and many other problems. K


Well, now I read this ;( I just tried to do the rinse out and nothing would come out. I am going to go into Urgent care tomorrow - this really getting on my nerves, hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow (IF I CAN GET AWAY FROM WORK) I will have this figured out!

rkm20071339546801.44694 PostsRegistered 10/24/2007

This is from the Mayo Clinic:

With plugged ears, your eustachian tubes — which run between your middle ear and the back of your nose — become obstructed. You may also have ear pain. You can try to forcibly open your eustachian tubes by taking a deep breath and trying to blow out while pinching your nostrils closed and closing your mouth. If you feel a popping noise, you know you have succeeded.

When treatment is needed, doctors focus on getting air to flow into the eustachian tubes. Options for clearing plugged ears include:

  • Oral decongestants
  • Nasal spray antihistamines
  • Topical nasal steroids
  • Ventilation tubes, in severe cases, to drain fluid and relieve pressure

If your symptoms are severe and last longer than a few weeks, consider seeking care from an ear, nose and throat specialist.

This is from eHow Health:

Wax buildup is a common cause of clogged ears. One of the easiest ways to remove wax buildup is to apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide directly into the clogged ear. Lie on one side with the clogged ear facing directly upwards. Have somebody use an eye dropper to apply a drop of the hydrogen peroxide directly into your ear. The hydrogen peroxide will produce bubbles as it eliminates the ear wax. If hydrogen peroxide is not available, oliveoil heated to room temperature can be used. Allow the substance to sit in the ear for a few minutes before draining. Repeated applications may be needed, sometimes over the course of a couple of days, to fully clear the ear.


Water Submersion

  • Heat can also be used to help alleviate or even eliminate ear clogging caused by stress, infection or wax build up. The safest and easiest way to do this is to use a hot shower or bath to apply heat to the ear. Heat a bath to a comfortable temperature and submerge the ear in the water repeatedly. If using a shower, then allow water to run gently into the ear. The heat from the water should help loosen wax, soothe infections and help to relieve stress that may be causing the clogging.

Warnings

  • Never insert an object into the ear in an attempt to remove a clogging; doing so can cause severe damage to the ear canal. Do not use ear candles, as there is no evidence of their effectiveness and they can be dangerous. If the clogging persists, consult with your doctor immediately.


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betteb1339546963.0916444 PostsRegistered 1/1/2008The Land of Oz
On 6/12/2012 butcherbabe2 said:

Regular old peroxide with the peroxide.

{#emotions_dlg.thumbup1} Yes peroxide does work. A few drops in the ear with your head turned so it does not run right back out. After the bubbling slows turn your head the other way to drain it out.

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PBJ1339547192.9536821 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007

Have you tried a nasal spray? Something like Afrin. It usually works pretty well.

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Tramost1339547201.24386 PostsRegistered 7/8/2010

I would urge you to go to the doctor and get this checked rather than doing it yourself. I had the same problem a few weeks ago. And with an upcoming trip, I don't want to risk a terrible ear ache on the plane. At first I thought I had earwax and that is what's causing the problem. When the doctor checked my ears, they are both clean. She prescribed Flonase nasal spray for allergies. This got rid of the problem. So, see a medical professional and don't rely on DIY suggestions on this board.

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