Hydrogen Peroxide for Ear Infections

by Tracy Tranchitella, N.D.

The use of hydrogen peroxide in medicine has been around for many years. We all know of its antiseptic abilities for open wound treatment and infection prevention. It is a common ingredient in ear drops to help resolve “swimmer’s ear” and other causes of otitis externa (inflammation and infection of the outer ear canal). The following information was obtained from various sources including www.mercola.com and the Townsend Newsletter for Patients and Physicians (www.townsendletter.com). This information is particularly useful with the approaching cold and flu season. These simple home remedy treatments can be implemented with just a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, small tub of water, cotton balls and an ear dropper. A bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide in 3% solution is available at any drug store for a couple of dollars.

“In 1928 a Richard Simmons, M.D. hypothesized that colds and flu virus enter our body through the ear canal. His findings were dismissed by the medical community. According to Dr. Simmons, contrary to what you may think or have been taught about how you catch the flu or the cold there is only one way that you can catch the two, and that’s via the ear canal not through the eyes or nose or mouth as most have believed.”
Keeping your fingers out of your ears will greatly reduce your chances of catching them, but then again these two are microscopic and can be air-born and may land on or even in your ear. Once they have entered the inner-ear (middle-ear) there they begin their breeding process, and from there they have access to every avenue throughout our body to travel to and to infect and make us sick.” (mercola.com)

This concept was hard to believe and even today is largely ignored. In 1938 even German researchers had good success using hydrogen peroxide in treating colds and flu. Just like the work of Richards Simmons, M.D. their work was ignored and/or forgotten as well.
You Must Start Treatment Early

The most important thing regarding this treatment is to start just early – within 12 to 14 hours of cold and flu symptoms – itching throat, runny nose, body aches, fever, etc. If started early effectiveness seems to be about 80%.

Here’s how the process works:
• Administer a few drops of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) into one ear. You may experience a mild stinging at first, as well as some bubbling. The H2O2 starts working within 2 to 3 minutes eradicating the flu and cold virus.
• After the bubbling (and possibly the mild stinging if it occurs) subsides (usually within 5 to 10 minutes) drain remaining liquid onto a tissue or small towel and repeat the process in your other ear.
• This method is perfectly safe for infants & children. However, the loud bubbling and mild stinging may frighten some kids. A young child may need some reassurance that this therapy will help their condition.
• Be sure not to get the hydrogen peroxide in your eyes. If you do, flush immediately with water.
• If you are unsure as to the status of your child’s ear condition (infection) they should be seen by your personal physician. This treatment would be contraindicated if a ruptured ear drum exists.
Hydrogen Peroxide Foot Soak – Another Option
According to Majid Ali, M.D. (www.majidali.com) a hydrogen peroxide foot bath is another option for the treatment of colds and flu. This is a good option, particular for adults who can sit quietly with their feet in a water tub for 15 to 20 minutes. Here is the peroxide foot soak protocol:
• 6 quarts (4 cups) of warm water
• 8 ounces of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
• ½ teaspoon of Epsom Salt
• 1 Foot tub (big enough to comfortably place your feet without crunching your toes).
• If redness or irritation occurs, the amount of peroxide used can be reduced.
Again, the best time to implement this treatment is within the first 12 hours of cold and flu symptoms.

9 Responses to “Hydrogen Peroxide for Ear Infections”

  1. Lisa Mitchell
    06. Mar, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    Six Quarts of warm water is not 4 cups. There are four cups per one quart. Maybe you should make that distinction.

    • will
      03. Mar, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      @Lisa Mitchell (and others)

      I believe the wording is just unintentionally confusing. I believe the intent was:

      “• 6 quarts (a quart equals 4 cups) of warm water”

  2. adelyn corpuz
    26. May, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    thanks,it helps a lot…

  3. Mary
    11. Jun, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Is it four cups or six quarts?

  4. Dr. Woeller
    12. Jun, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    The article meant to say 6 quarts = 24 cups

  5. Gloria Stockstill
    12. Oct, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I understood putting peroxide in your ears at full strength is not safe but that you should dilute it. Is that incorrect?

    • jamie
      05. Jan, 2014 at 4:32 am #

      3 percent peroxide is fine unless the ear drum is ruptured.

    • Healer
      07. Feb, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      That is correct Gloria. Use a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution, which is the typically found strength on your drugstore’s shelf. The bottle will indicate “3% Hydrogen Peroxide” on it.

      So it comes already diluted to that strength, you can use it right out of the bottle.

  6. Shawn
    07. Jan, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    I am 36 and have chronic ear infections. Had had 15 tubes in my right ear over the years. Last one just closed up. My ENT just told me to put three drops of peroxide (undiluted) in my ear twice a day. This is directly from my ENT.

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