Can you put peroxide in a ruptured eardrum?

Are you suffering from an earache? Are you unsure if your eardrum ruptured or not? Has someone told you to put peroxide in your ear as a home remedy? Well, hold on to your hearing aids because we are about to dive into the world of using peroxide for ruptured eardrums!

What is Peroxide and How Does it Work?

Hydrogen peroxide(H2O2) is a chemical compound that consists of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms. It’s commonly used as an antiseptic to clean wounds or disinfect surfaces due to its antibacterial properties.

When H2O2 comes into contact with bacteria, it breaks down into water (H20) and releases oxygen gas. The oxygen bubbles created by the breakdown help lift dirt and debris from the wound or surface.

As for using hydrogen peroxide in your ears- well, let’s find out more.

Signs & Symptoms of A Ruptured Eardrum

The eardrum, also known as the tympanic membrane, is a thin layer of tissue located at the end of the auditory canal that separates the outer ear from middle ear. It plays an essential role in hearing by transmitting sound waves from outside air into vibration within inner air-filled chambers.

A rupture happens when there’s either too much pressure inside or force applied externally onto this fragile tissue causing either partial/perforated/total rupture. Common signs include:

  • Pain
  • Hearing loss
  • Discharge (clear/bloody/yellow/or even pus-like)
  • Ringing(audible tinnitus), buzzing etc.,

If any/all these symptoms remain present seek medical attention immediately. Treating it seriously can save one’s hearing abilities forever.3

Moreover here arises our concern whether putting Hydrogen Peroxide is a viable option to cure this problem or not.

Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment


Hydrogen peroxide has several advantages as an at home remedy for ear infections, including:

  1. Availability
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Easily found in any pharmacy or departmental store1

Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide If Your Eardrum Has Ruptured?

One of the most critical questions that everyone must ask themselves before using hydrogen peroxide on their eardrums is whether it’s safe to use with a rupturing condition or not?

The answer brings us back to understanding how hydrogen peroxide works and its adverse effects when used improperly.

Putting anything into your ears without doctor consultation can damage your hearing permanently! _

Yes, you read that right!

So if there is any chance of water presence behind the perforated tympanic membrane, pouring hydrogen in such area will release vast amounts of oxygen gas bubbles inside the canal creating pressure gradientwhich endangers efficacy of natural auditory function-if ignored long term may lead to permanent hearing loss !4

In case one still persists on taking risks by treating his/her ‘ruptured ear drums’ using self medications read below:

Risks involved in Self-Medication

Do-it-yourself mentality has become more common lately due to online sources availability and upon unrealistic trust levels contradicting with well-being practices.

Here are some complications associated with performing spontaneous treatments like cleaning ears via threaded stick/swabbing routine:

  • Canal Auricular abrasions/chafing/skin breaches causing mild discomfort.
  • Abrupt tinnitus/ringing sensations which might indicate temporary over-stimulated hair cells in cochlea during cleansing sessions.
  • Small wooden cotton swabs have tendency pushing residual debris deep down injuring towards inner ear damaging organs.32.

Moreover, Some people make the mistake of using a concentration that is too high, which could irritate or damage the skin inside your ears. Lastly there may be underlying illness that mimics regular otitis media will require proper diagnosis /treatment strategies to cure. So rather than worsening it, treating with expertise consultation should always cherished.


In conclusion don’t let hearing loss hinder your quality of life! Seek medical attention quickly if you experience any ear-related pain or difficulty in hearing.

Hydrogen peroxide can soothe mild symptoms experienced during simple cases like wax buildup; but when it comes to serious problems such as ruptured eardrum infections/middle ear infection , one should seek help from certified ENT specialists/audiologists for they know optimal flows regarding examinations/tests in order to guide towards valid treatments [^7].

Don’t trust everything on internet- sometimes things are better left untreated than self treated especially physical undertakings that involve irreversible occurrences.

Take care of yourself and always listen closely!

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide: What You Need To Know 

  2. Self-treatment Of Ear Discharge Using Herbal Aids And Practices Among Adults In Addis Ababa 

  3. Ruptured Eardrum 

  4. Management Of Otitic Barotrauma
    [^7}: Diagnosis & Tests For Ear Infections 

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