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Posted by Karrie (Wi, US) on 02/09/2015

I recently had a terrible cold and used some hydrogen peroxide in my ears as they were tickly and I had a lot of post-nasal drip causing me to cough every few seconds. This has often helped me. This time, I let the hydrogen peroxide sit as normal, then drained it, but did not have a chance to lay on that side for long to completely drain. Next morning...slightly clogged ear, with slight hearing loss. Its been a few days with the clogged ear, I figured it would resolve itself. Now I noticed when I rub below the outside of my ear, it's a little tender...worried hydrogen peroxide got caught up in the ear canal and causing its own problem. Any advice?


Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Karri,

Hydrogen is so widely used in the ears...I would tend to think the problem with your ears is a complication of your cold and not the peroxide.

Either way, a clove of garlic may do the trick.

You can peel a clove of garlic, being careful not to prick it. Just get off the papery part. Find a clove that is big enough to put at the opening of your ear but that is not small enough to go into your ear. Use a bandana or something to keep it at the opening to your ear for an hour or two. Garlic (and onions) tend to draw out fluid. They also help inflammation and infection.

A warm rice sock would be an alternative to the above. Or your could alternate.

I hope it feels better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Joy

Hi karrie, have you tried tapping the area below your ear? This method does work well for sinus and ear probs, basically you just keep your head upright and use only light gentle taps with your middle finger all around the ear but especially under the lobe of the ear and this encourages drainage into your throat, there are many methods shown for this on utube. By the way it works for me. Good luck.

Replied by Carolinablueskies55

Hi Karrie,

Would you give us an update on your ear issue so it can help others? Did you try Mama of Many's suggestion, and if so, did it work for you? Thanks

Replied by Karrie

All was resolved with my ear, and I'm assuming the clogging was from the terrible cold I had. I did the tapping around my ear and it seemed to help get the draining going. I also did gentle heat from a heating pad. Dang, that was a really bad situation, I had no voice for weeks and also gargled diluted hydrogen peroxide which helped for that (3% strength generic from the grocery store), as did oil pulling. I also used the hydrogen peroxide in the humidifier in my bedroom....seemed to help with symptoms. I think that was the worst illness I've had since the '90s. I can not experience one like that for at least a decade or so! Be well everyone :)

Replied by Angelika
(Qld , Australia)

Hi, I recently had a laryngitis and treated it with antibiotics, the result of it, have an issue with vertigo ( dizziness), I'm taking 3% HP, from the drug store, started with one drop in a little bit of water and increasing the intake by on drop, until ten drops ( twice in a day ), could you please let me know what I'm doing is safe for the stomach lining, and is any thing else I can do specifically for the dizziness? Thank you so much, Angelika

Replied by Sp
(Wb, Nj)

Hi Angelika, It sounds to me like the antibiotics messed up your gut microbiome. Look into repairing that with probiotics. Also look into a low histamine diet as part of your healing process. I found that foods high in benzoates in particular and foods high in oxylates were causing me to have vestibular migraines which manifested as severe vertigo spells. Everyone is different, but I hope this info helps you find what you need to do for the dizziness. Good luck.

Replied by Sarah

Wow! That finger tap method really works! Thanks!

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Ger (Dublin, Ireland) on 04/07/2010

hi all,
i have bought hydrogen peroxide 6% and was wondering is this ok to use in general.what i mean is all the comments that you guys are leaving doesnt actualy mention what strenght and as i will be a first time user of this stuff im kinda worried il make my problems worse.i want to use it to firstly clean my ear as i have a mild ear/sinus thing going on.i am a firm believer in anything herbal and will post my results.thanks

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Whitey (Warsaw, MO) on 07/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have had itchy ears for a few months after having an ear infection. I used a very small amount of hydrogen peroxide on a q-tip. This has definitely worked. Although I would not recommend pouring it in your ear during a ear ache as I did this and ended up with a very painful infection.

Replied by Tystone48
(Cowan, Tennessee)
0 out of 5 stars

I did the same mistake. I had infected an ear and poured a cap full to boil out my ear...well it swelled up and trapped some on the inner ear...very very painful had to get a wick put in my ear..which was no fun either.

My doc said a small amount on Qtip would have been better. But I put nothing but my elbow in my ear...lol.

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Posted by Ken (Atlanta, Ga.) on 06/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Started on 35% food grade 10 days ago. Am using 12 drops 3 times daily as recommended by Cavanaugh. I have been in the heating and air business for 30 years and have suffered from chronic sinus and ear infections due to the dust and molds that I encounter at work. I have had two sinus surgeries over the years that have done nothing to help me. The doctors give antibiotics that never seem to clear the infections all the way and the infections always return. I am happy to say that my ears and sinuses are responding to this treatment. I really don't know what "normal" sinuses feel like. Can't believe that this has been here all along and I have suffered all these years due to the medical communities bias. Thanks for this forum. Ken from Atlanta

Replied by April
(Jupiter, Fl)

You may have allergic fungal sinusitis, which would explain why the antibiotics are ineffective.

Replied by Derek
(Mill Creek, Washington)

My friend john had a massive ear wax build up problem fall of 2009. He was applying 3% peroxide for sometimes hours a day and the problem stabilized for awhile. However, now, he frequently gets a feeling that his head is boiling. When he stays in the shower for more than a minitue or two, he gets very dizzy and almost acts drunk. He has consulted a few doctors for a remedy and has had no luck. I'm afraid he might get in a car accident or worse if this continues and am asking anybody who can help to contact me at derekrfay(at)yahoo.com. Thank you!

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hello Derek, are you sure your friend doesn't have a middle ear infection?

Replied by Elena
(Apex, Nc)

I realize this is an old post but did your friend ever figure out what was going on with him because the same is happening to me now.

Replied by Bob
(Arkansas, US)

Dear Elena: It looks like you posted a question back in 2012 regarding H2o2 therapy for people with hemochromatosis. I can't find that post. My girlfriend has Hemochromatosis. I was hoping you may have gotten some feedback on this. I can't find info anywhere. Thank You Bob.

EC: https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/hemochromatosis.html

Replied by Angela
(Charlotte, Nc)

I'm having a terrible time with sinus and ears. Do you really use 12 drops in each ear, 3x a day, just checking

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Max (San Jose, Costa Rica) on 12/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have faced chronic allergic rinitis since more than 50 years now. Nothing worked (including 3 operations and plenty money wasted on all kind of especialized doctors, until I gave up and learned to live with the problem. In yr site I found out abt H2O2. Curious enough decided to try my own drugstore formula reduced at 1% (2:1) in clear water. I started spraying twice every nostril, four times a day. At day #5 I started to show a mix o blood and yellowish mucus from my nose at morning time only (once). Quite an amount every day I must add. I was at first scared, yet decided to continue. It was the same cleaning routine (expelling out)for 7 days straight, then my nose came up with clean, clear mucus. No more yellowish or bloody outputs. I infer I have cleaned my sinuses completely from a fungus or bacteria that have been infecting me for decades. I have kept doing the spraying, but in leeseer frequency. I do carry my sprayer with me all day now and I think I will not stop from using it from here on. I believe it will keep me from getting sick again, no more flu, virus, rinitis, etc. I wake up now breathing freely, something I never thought possible. My snoring have been reduced or eliminated, and the only mucus I have know is clear like water. Still must keep cleaning my nostrils several times a day, but not as before and its clear. I thing if doctors are keeping this simple solution from us, they are all crooks. And I know how much money I have expent on all kind of expensive treatments, Xrays, poisons, etc. If I am doing something that may harm me, please let me know, but so far so good. I will keep going.

PS/ You may edit my poor English if you want to publish my experience.
Max from Costa Rica

Replied by Max
(San Jose, Costa Rica)
1 out of 5 stars


On August last year 08/2008, I comment on how I used H2O2 to treat my synus problem. I would like to add a WARNING: applying the nostril spray continuously came eventually (after many weeks) to be very irritant and my mocus fluids increased, yet still clear. So I have discontinued the nasal spray that way. At least the spray got rid of my sinus infection at the beggining of the treatment, I am sure. Therefore I will recommend the nasal spray as I did only to clean yr sinus, one time, using the spray mix for only 2 to 4 weeks and stop. Now, I am taking several drops of Food Grade peroxide in fresh coconut water (abt 8 oz in a nut) daily instead, as a preventive way to help my inmune system against any potential illness. You never know!

Rgs, Max

Replied by Jed
(Los Angeles, Ca, Usa)

Max, I was just thinking of adding food grade h202 with coconut water when I read your post. Thank you. Pura Vida, Jed

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Sarah (Battle Creek, Michigan) on 04/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My 14 month old son has constantly been sick and had ear infections. We have keep going to the doctor and they just kept putting him on antibiotics. It turns out that the infection never healed causing the area behind his ear to become swollen. We went to the emergency room and they just gave him another round of antibiotics. Three days later went went back into his ped and they put him on steriods for the swelling because they said it was lymph nodes. Two weeks later his ear was still swollen, red and very tender to the touch. The poor baby was just miserable so we made another appointment to go back to the ped. Since we use H2O2 for cleaning out infections and getting rid of ear wax, I put some in his ear that night, let it sit for 5 minutes and then drained it. The next morning the swelling was down by half but it was still noticably swollen. We had is ped appointment that day so we went and they referred us to a ENT and hearing Specialist. As soon as that doctor walked in the room he said he was going to have to schedule my son for surgery to put tubes in his ear. what he has is mastoiditis, an infection of the bone behind the ear. After talking for a while I told the doctor that the ear was actually getting better (I left out the H2O2 part). He gave me the option to do another round of antibiotics and see what happens but if it got worse then I had to bring him in for surgery. Of course, I opted for the antibiotics. I did a total of 5 treatments of H2O2 in his ear. I did it right before bed and when he woke up in the morning after doing a treatment his ear was less and less tender and swollen. This morning when he woke up his ear was completely back to normal. I can't believe it! My baby is happy and doesn't need tubes put into his ears anymore. Thank you God for giving us H2O2.

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Cat (Portsmouth, VA) on 03/13/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hydrogen Peroxide and Sinus Infection: I mixed equal parts of Hydrogen peroxide and water and used a dropper in my nose... it burned like crazy and bubbled all sorts of stuff out... after a few minutes I felt so good and could breath!

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Stan (Tijuana, Mexico) on 01/29/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I used to have dripping sinus that incapacitated me because of making me sick every year. Then I started to use food grade hydrogen peroxide and within days i quit having the usual symptoms and have been pretty much free of this plague for 20 years. My friends have had the same experince..I use about 6 to 8 drops in large glass of water.

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Ryan (Stockton, CW) on 10/09/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was recently very sick with a bad cough and phlegm in my chest area, and over night i had somehow gained an ear infection in both ears. It hurt more in my right ear than my left. I refused to try antibiotics. I put peroxide in one ear and let it stay in my ear for about 5 minutes. Then i switched, and put it in my other ear. I did this three times within 4 hours apart from each other. In the morning my ear ache was gone.

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Laura (New Baltimore, MI) on 10/04/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Squirting warm Hydrogen Peroxide in my ears keep them clear and free of infection. i was trying 4 different antibiotics and 2 rounds of steroids to clear a bad ear infection because i quit using hp because of bad advise from husband, when i gave up hope, (nothing was working) i went back to it, doctors had no problem with it and low and behold, CLEAR EARS!

Ear and Sinus Issues
Posted by Daniel (Spokane, WA) on 09/21/2006
5 out of 5 stars

First, thank you for the great website--I've been searching for this type of confirmation for several days now. My story is that I use earplugs when I sleep, as I awake easily. About a week ago, I had taken a shower right before bed and dried ears with a towel (no q-tip). The earplug didn't seem to go in as usual (perhaps the wrong angle). The day after, about mid-day, I noticed that my ear was hurting. Two days later I was in a full-blown ear infection. I stopped working a few months ago to do some studies, as such, no money to go to the doctor. I prayed and the Lord said to read a book about hydrogen peroxide that was sitting on my shelf and decided that it wouldn't hurt. So, I put one cap of H2O2 into my ear and let it sit for about 5 minutes. I couldn't hear anything happening, at first. Then the bubbling started. Rather cool. I kept doing this every two to three hours. By the end of the night, the pain (so strong that I really couldn't touch the ear without feeling like I was going to throw up) was 90% gone. After two treatments the following day, there is no longer ANY pain whatsoever. Praise the Lord! Now, I must say that I don't know for certain if my immune system had typed the virus/bacteria by this point, as I had been sick for a few days by the time I started... Regardless, the pain appeared to decrease with each treatment--I thought I was imagining it until the 4th treatment--I then KNEW that there was a difference. By the way, I should mention that I also dried my ear out with q-tips, and then used a warm blow dryer for about 10 minutes after each treatment. Perhaps I had come down with swimmer's ear from using the earplugs on wet ears--drying is important. Anyway, thank God for hydrogen peroxide and a cured ear infection. I am now using 3% in a humidifier, breathing it in for multiple 5 minute sessions throughout the day, and have seen a big difference in my energy levels--very cool. I might add that I have to inhale with my eyes closed...else the stuff irritates my eyes. Pretty cool stuff! :o) :o) :o)

Replied by Joann
(Hartford, AL)

Swimmers ear can be avoided by putting alcohol in each ear after being in the water. I have to do that after a shower. The hair dryer might harm the ear drum by making them to dry. Alcohol will cause the water to evaporate with it.

EC: Hi, Joann. We presume you mean rubbing alcohol?

Replied by Daniel
(Spokane, Wa)
5 out of 5 stars

Daniel from Spokane, Wa writes: "Just a simple update on my post from three years ago:

I have not had an ear infection or cold for three and a half years now. The H2O2 gets used in each ear twice a week, and I simply tissue and Q-tip my ears dry each time I shower. That's it! Hydrogen peroxide is the most effective and CHEAPEST supplement I've ever tried. Thanks again for this website--three years free! :) :) :)

Replied by Joann
(Hartford, Al)

Well, it was good to see a post that I made a long time ago. Yes, I do mean rubbing alcohol. I'm going to using the PH for an ear infection that just doesn't seem to want to clear up. Good luck all. I'm glad to see the site is re-visited by others who have used it and they leave new feedback.

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Posted by Linda (Miramichi N.B. Canada) on 05/21/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I had a severe chest infection and plugged left ear. After 2 rounds of antibiotics I got better but was left with dizziness and deafness and a ticking noise in left ear. I had lost 50% hearing. That was 2 years ago. I started using h202 in both ears about 1 year ago and noticed right away it cured the ticking and in time no more dizziness. I noticed about 2 months ago. I can hear perfectly in both ears. I am a great beleiver in hydrogen peroxide.Also my husband and I don't get sick much anymore.Thanks for the great site. linda c. canada


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Posted by Ron (Santa Barbara, CA) on 07/31/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I've used brown bottle HP 3% to help disinfect ears after swimming in dirty seawater and to help eliminate some ear wax. I've always heard it fizzing away like it's boiling and doing something active.

I got some food grade HP 3% to nebulize and breathe. I switched to that for my ears thinking it would be better. But when I use the food grade I don't hear any fizzing noise so I don't have the confidence it's doing the same as the brown bottle HP. Does anyone have any comment to that?



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Posted by Jaime (Aurora, Il, Usa) on 12/08/2010

I'm looking for a recipe on how to drink h2o2 for my dad who suffers from emphysema I know it needs to be mixed with distilled water I'm just not sure how much of either and how many times a day. I was on this site and read how it helped many people, can someone plz answer if you have a recipe. Thank you!

Replied by Nicole

I had to do a research on this as well. Since I am doing a case study on a test subject of mine. It's about 4 drops of 35% food graded H2O2. Do this every day.

Replied by Darcy

I do not know the protocol for emphysema but when taking 35% food grade H2O2, it should be taken on an empty stomach. Take it and then set timer for 1 hour and then one can eat. After eating, set timer for 3 hour and then one can take a dose of H2O2. Basic protocol says to start with 3 drops in 8 oz of distilled water, 3 times a day. Add one drop every day and work you way up to 25 drops per dose. If it becomes too much to handle (I don't know what they mean by that but I think upset stomach) then take the highest dosage you can handle. Be sure to supplement with pre or pro bitoics to replenish what the H2O2 destroys. I drink homemade kefir. I don't like kefir so I use frozen strawberries with it to make a smoothie to make it more palatable.

Best of luck to you.

Posted by S (Los Angeles, CA) on 11/28/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Hydrogen peroxide diluted with water and also the inhaling method cured my emphysema; wow what a difference in an hour and half or so... very chronic for about week, could hardly breath.

Replied by Illyusha
(Marshall, Michigan)

I've had Emphysema for 20 years so you can imagine the shape I am in. This is my reason for checking out Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy. Can someone tell me the right steps to take to treat my emphysema using Hydrogen Peroxide? Thanks, illyusha

Replied by Statix
(Sydney, New South Wales)

Hi, You guys have probably found the answer by now. Whilst the strength of your dosage is dependent on your condition and its severity, you could do 5 drops of 35% Food grade hydrogen peroxide with 6 - 8 ounces of water. You can take this every day. There are other regiments you can go on for this and other conditions. Here is one I found http://www.foodgrade-hydrogenperoxide.com/ there is a free ebook you can download.

Good luck