Hydrogen peroxide is a natural and efficient sanitizer composed of oxygen and water only. Refer the Hydrogen Peroxide uses for Skin & Ears in this article.
Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical substance (H2O2), which has strong oxidizing properties and also acts as a powerful bleaching agent. It is almost found at every drug store for as little as $0.50. It is an amazing product which has lots of uses including medical uses and home uses also. Hydrogen peroxide has the property to release the extra oxygen atom as the intense oxidation can breakdown other organic substances and all the benefits of hydrogen peroxide are derived from this property. To destroy anaerobic (means “without oxygen”) bacteria by exposing them to oxygen is the most effective use of hydrogen peroxide. Anaerobic bacteria are responsible for many skin infections and hydrogen peroxide can effectively treat this infections.
Hydrogen peroxide is used as a disinfectant, antiseptic, oxidizer, and in rocketry as a propellant. By many ways, the use of hydrogen peroxide can improve everyday heath and hygiene. Medically, hydrogen peroxide is claimed to everything from the common cold to curing skin cancers and other skin growths (warts-caused by a virus). Also, it can be used to clean teeth in place of toothpaste and a mouthwash. It can be used in a humidifier and inhaled (through the nose or mouth) to cure colds and the flu and other respiratory diseases. Some home uses of hydrogen peroxide include disinfecting kitchens and bathrooms, disinfecting a toothbrush when someone has a cold, adding to your dishwasher to aid in cleaning dishes, etc.
About Hydrogen peroxide:
Simply, hydrogen peroxide is a water molecule (H202) with one extra oxygen molecule which may not seem like it does much. However, it can actually do very much. Some bacteria and other germs haunt daily lives of people but the presence of oxygen is a death sentence for some of these organisms. So, many diseases are very cheaply cured by just using a few drops of either regular 3% or food grade 35% hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water or inhaled.
An individual must take extreme care while handling and using food grade hydrogen peroxide. Several precautions that you must take:
- It must be diluted with water, only several drops at most with an eight ounce glass of water.
- Unlike 3% hydrogen peroxide, it is very essential to keep it refrigerated.
- When handling a container of food grade hydrogen peroxide, extreme care must be taken as in pure, undiluted form it can severely burn the skin.
- When carrying a bottle of food grade hydrogen peroxide, ensure the lid is tight, and the bottle is upright.
Hydrogen Peroxide Uses for Ear:
Hydrogen peroxide is used to remove ear wax, a yellowish, thick, wax-like substance secreted by the outer portion of the ear canal. Earwax is composed of a mixture of keratin (skin protein), long chain fatty acids, cholesterol, squalene and alcohols. Production of ear wax to some amount is a part of natural defense system which may lead to impairment of the hearing ability in cases like excess secretion or impaction. Excessive ear wax secretion may be caused because of narrowing of the ear canal, stress, anxiety and aging. Removal of ear wax should be necessary in order to avoid such ear problems.
Remember that hydrogen peroxide ear wax removal should be recommended only if a candidate is free from ear problems for example severe ear pain, fluid discharge from the ear, and hearing impairment. For those who have very sensitive skin, usage of hydrogen peroxide for ear wax removal is not advisable. Such people can use normal saline solution or warm water for irrigation of the ear as it is advisable for getting rid of ear wax.
For the removal of ear wax by using hydrogen peroxide, you require hydrogen peroxide (3 percent), olive or almond oil, cotton balls, eye dropper, bulb aspirator, and towel. After collecting all these basic supplies, you can start with the procedure for ear wax removal. Warm the solution of hydrogen peroxide (in a bottle) and olive oil by keeping the bottle in a bowl of hot water. Warm hydrogen peroxide and/or is preferable for ear wax removal because the body reacts with applying cold temperature substances in the ear.
To add the warm oil and hydrogen peroxide in the ear, slant your head so that the ear to be treated is facing towards the ceiling. Add 2 – 3 drops of oil in the ear with the use of eye dropper. Then, wait for few minutes and add 2 – 3 drops of warm hydrogen peroxide in the same ear. Until the hydrogen peroxide bubbling finishes, remain in the same position. To absorb any spillage of the oil or hydrogen peroxide, you can place a towel on the shoulder.
You can continue with the next step for a single hydrogen peroxide application. Multiple applications are claimed to be more effectual than a single treatment in case of impacted ear wax. To avoid dripping, you can place a cotton ball in the ear after application of hydrogen peroxide. Reapply oil and hydrogen peroxide after some time and follow the same for 3 – 4 times in a day. Place a cotton ball in the ear only in between the applications.
The next step is draining the applied oil and hydrogen peroxide solution from the ear. To do so, fill warm water in the bulb aspirator and tilt your head down so that the treated ear is over the sink. Then position the open end of the bulb aspirator in about 45 degrees to the ear and gently compress the bulb to spurt warm water. The loosened ear wax from the ear will be easily washed and removed by this procedure. Use a cotton swab for cleaning of the outer side of the ear.
Also, you can use paraffin and/or mineral oil for the ear wax removal home remedy. When warm paraffin is applied to the ear canal, it softens and loosens ear wax and so help in easy removal of the ear wax. It is always better to consult a qualified physician in case of ear blockage symptoms.
Hydrogen Peroxide in Skin Care:
Anaerobic (means “without oxygen”) bacteria are mostly responsible for many skin infections. Hydrogen peroxide effectively destroys anaerobic bacteria by exposing them to oxygen. Do not use peroxide on healthy skin as it can cause tissue damage to healthy cells, especially open wounds. On absorbing to the skin, hydrogen peroxide will cause temporary whitening, similar to a light dust, which is harmless. Do not use more than 2 pints of it while using in bath water.
Hydrogen peroxide acts as an antibacterial and a cleanser and so it can be used to treat small wounds that are infected. On small wounds, you can use peroxide a couple of times, but not everyday because healing process can be slowed down with frequent use. You can use peroxide once or twice to sanitize the wound if you have a wound that is not infected. However, do not continue to use it beyond that as it can cause damage to the new cell growth.
Some people suggest using hydrogen peroxide as an astringent to prevent/treat acne. It can be an effective acne treatment but do not continue to use it after clearing up of acne from all over the face. Also, it can be used as a spot treatment several times a day for existing pimples. Peroxide destroys the bacteria on the skin that is responsible for acne and supplies oxygen to the pores helping to prevent future pimples.
Do not use peroxide every day on healthy skin as part of your regular skin regimen as it damages the skin cells over an extended. Avoid the contact of the product to your eyes and do not swallow hydrogen peroxide.