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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Home treatment for allergy stuffed up ears

11/09/2009

Question:

I have had this on off problem for yrs. I am 65yrs old.Does peroxide have benificial affects for my ears?I dont like to take antibiotics.

Answer:

Peroxide will only be helpful if your stuffiness is due to a build up of wax in your ears, which may well be the case.  On the other hand, if you have eustachian tube dysfunction, such as might occur from allergies or post nasal drip, then peroxide drops in your ears will not help.  Your best bet is to see an ENT physician who can determine the etiology of your symptoms, and thereby make an appropriate recommendation for treatment.

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Response by:

Allen M Seiden, MD Allen M Seiden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Division of Rhinology and Sinus Disorders, Director of University Taste and Smell Center, Director of University Sinus and Allergy
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati