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Hydrogen peroxide is it safe for swimmers ear?

Hydrogen peroxide is safe.

it's safe....but any type of liquid that u put in there...is going to hurt badly!

Don't listen to the idiots here that tell you to remove the wax from your ear!

Swimmer's ear can be caused by several things, but primarily is caused by the LACK of ear wax in your ear. Water and excessive moisture wash away the ear canal's protective skin and earwax barrier and create a medium for bacterial growth. Surprisingly, using cotton-tip applicators to clean the ears is the leading cause of Swimmer's Ear. A few twists with an applicator is all that it takes to rub away the protective skin and earwax in the canal. Swimmer's ear is occasionally associated with middle ear infection (otitis media) or upper respiratory infections such as colds. Moisture in the ear predisposes the ear to infection from fungus or water-loving bacteria such as Pseudomonas species.

There is an acidic coating on the ear canal that contains lysozymes and other substances that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. Water elevates the pH in the ear canal, washes away the ear wax, allowing keratin debris to absorb the water and creates a great medium for bacterial growth. Normally, the tympanic membrane (ear drum) creates an epithelial migration in an outward direction carrying any debris with it protecting the ear drum.

Swimmer’s ear infection is due to either a bacterial infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, or Proteus bulgaris. These bacteria are very common in the environment. Chlorine does not kill these bacteria in the quantities used in swimming pool concentrations.

Candida Alibicans and Aspergillus are two fungus that can cause swimmer’s ear. Chlorine does not kill these fungus in pools, either.

To determine which of the above is causing the swimmer’s ear, Acute Bacterial Infection has a scant white mucus, but occasionally thick. Chronic Bacterial Infection is characterized by bloody discharge, especially in the presence of granulation tissue. Fungal Infection is characterized by fluffy and white to off-white discharge, but may be black, gray, bluish-green or yellow.

The most common cause is bacterial infection, but fungal overgrowth is a principal cause in about 10% of all cases. Of the fungal infections, Aspergillus is found in about 80% - 90% of all cases and the other 10% is usually Candida Albicans.

Classically, fungal infection is the result of prolonged treatment of bacterial swimmer’s ear that alters the flora of the ear canal. Mixed bacterial and fungal infections are thus common.

There are some other causes that can cause swimmer’s ear that include atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne and lupus erythematosus.

The rubbing alcohol you have been using should be mixed with a little white vinegar (acetic acid) to lower the pH. If you don’t lower the pH, the rubbing alcohol will only dry out the ear and not counter the affect the water has on the ear of raising the pH allowing germs to grow. Also, you can go to the drug store or health food store and purchase some Aqua Ear, Ear magic, or Swim Ear to help alleviate some of the discomfort you are experiencing.

A really wonderful herbal mixture for this problem I highly suggest you try is Mullein oil mixed in olive oil is used as earache drops. This mixture has analgesic, antihistaminic, antiinflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, antiviral, bacteristat, cardiodepressant, estrogenic, antifungicide, hypnotic, and sedative qualities.

As a pool professional, I used to put a chemical in the water sufficient to create suds when you swished your hand in the water (about 4 ounces) of 80% concentrated 2,4 n-butyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. This chemical is used as a quaternary ammonium algaecide. This prevented the swimmer’s ear because it was capable of killing the bacteria & fungus that chlorine didn’t.

Bottom line is to keep the ears dry, use the MIXTURE of acetic acid and rubbing alcohol, and if you get the swimmer’s ear, keep your ears dry and out of moisture for at least 3 weeks to allow the ear a chance to heal, and you can also use a mixture of 2 drops Carvacol (wild oregano) and 2 drops of Lemonine mixed in some olive oil as ear drops to kill the infection and relieve the pain. You can purchase this at: www.healthline.cc (not .com).

Good luck to you.

No, no, no!! The best remedy for swimmers ear is to use ear plugs whenever you immerse your noggin in water. But if you do happen to get an earful of h20, mix a bit of vinegar in a bit of rubbing alcohol and put about 3-5 drops in your ears. The vinegar will help combat fungal infections due to water becoming trapped in your ears and the alcohol will dry up the water. Do this about 3 x a day for a week and your ears should clear up. H202 is great for many ailments, and some swear by it for ear infections but it's a risk- you could damage your ears.

Alcohol is better, but just go to your drug store and ask your pharmacist. They will help you find a product made just for swimmers ear, ... and it's not expensive either. Keep it on hand for 'next time' too... it works!

I hope so i clean my ears with it!

I found this online
Detergent drops such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide may also aid in the removal of wax. Patients should know that rinsing the ear canal with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) results in oxygen bubbling off and water being left behind-wet, warm ear canals make good incubators for growth of bacteria. Flushing the ear canal with rubbing alcohol displaces the water and dries the canal skin. If alcohol causes severe pain, it suggests the presence of an eardrum perforation.

I swam all throught hs and college - I always used alcohol

if you think you have an infection or need an exam, go to an urgent care for antibiotics.


Mrs. Chester Bennington
use rubbing alcohol instead

danielle d
my cousin had a prob with swimmers ear and the doc. said to take a lid full of alchocal the clear kind and leave in for a few min.. i hope i helped you out a little bit..

Do not put hydrogen peroxide in your ear-it will promote bacterial growth.

Pull up on the top of the ear and blow dry the inner ear several times a day. Works way better than anything else.Good Luck.

doozy loo
do not put peroxide in your ear!!! it causes erosion and swelling. instead, go buy some ear cleaning stuff (try E.R.O. It's actually for ear wax, but it will help i promise!!) for like $3 at walmart.

Betsy's & Tory's Mewse
not sure, but at your local pharmacy should carry a liquid that is just for swimmers ear. i've brought it several times and it's not to expensive. i think it's called swim ear.

I do not reccomend putting anything in your ears unless it is prescribed by a doctor. I had swimmers ear so bad, my doctor put me on every 4 hour narcotic pain reliever (hydrocodone). I was crying my head off and just in in an insane amount of pain.
I used something prescribed called Volsol drops. It was to clean my ears up and it worked. Call your doctor. Please dont stick stuff like alcohol, and peroxide in your ears.

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