ENT-filter: Question about following my doctor's too vague instructions about treating a clogged up ear tube (in an adult ear that had a myringotomy + ear tube inserted three weeks ago) with hydrogen peroxide. I would especially like to hear from doctors and/or people who have had myringotomies and/or tubes.
I am an adult (29 years old). I went to an ENT last month, and I was told that I had fluid in my middle ear. Three weeks ago, I had a myringotomy and a tube inserted in that ear. My hearing instantly improved, and I didn't think that I had any complications from the procedure. When I had my appointment yesterday, however, I was told that there was a blockage (I think mostly earwax), and that I should put 2 to 4 drops of peroxide in my tubed ear once a day, every day. Then the doctor was gone before I could ask any more questions.
I've looked online, and there are many doctors who are adamant about never putting 3% hydrogen peroxide in an ear with OPEN tubes (As an example, from this
page: 'Some of the ear drops that you may have used prior to the operation may be harmful to the ear and may cause significant pain...Do not place any ear drops in the ear that contain alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, oil, etc.') (or here
: 'Do not insert peroxide into the ears or irrigate the ears if you have ear tubes, if the eardrums are not intact or if discharge is draining from the ears.'). Should I follow my doctor's instructions? My doctor's meager instructions were to take an eyedropper, put 2 to 4 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in my ear so that it gets down to the clog IN the (open) tube, jiggle the earlobe around a bit so that it really gets in there, and then put a cotton ball in the ear to keep it in. I was told to do this once a day.. every day.. BUT I was not told for how many days.
I was NOT told to dilute the hydrogen peroxide, and I was told it was perfectly safe to do this with open tubes. I was told that if this doesn't clear the blockage, I will have to have my tube removed, have the blockage cleared, and have another tube put in... in three weeks. I would prefer to not have a further procedure.
When I Googled for more information about 'ear tubes' and 'hydrogen peroxide,' I got mixed opinions about whether this should be done or not. What I want to know is:
1) Should I follow my doctor's advice and use the hydrogen peroxide? Once again, I am an adult (not a child) with an open ear tube that has a blockage. If I should follow my doctor's directions, should I do it exactly as per my doctor's instructions (which are in bold above)?
2) If the answer is yes, will this hurt (not tickle.. not fizz.. I mean HURT or STING) or cause any kind of damage to the eardrum? What I've read is basically peroxide use is fine UNLESS you have open tubes. Then it will hurt like hell and possibly be damaging to the eardrum.
3) I was not told a duration for using the peroxide. Should I continue to use it once a day until my next appointment in three weeks? Or should I only do it for one week? (In the few forums where mothers say that their doctors instructed them to use peroxide in their child's ears that have open tubes, it seems that most were told to use the peroxide for one week.)
(NOTE: I was NOT told to use Debrox, Murine, or any other brand name. I was not told to use any other sort of drop (olive oil or tea tree oil, for instance). I have no intention of using any of those drops. Please don't suggest that I use another variety of drops. I'm not going to. If I didn't have the open tube, I would consider using something else. This is not the case. I am more than aware of all of those other options. I was specifically told to use peroxide, and my question is solely about peroxide usage WITH open tubes in the ear to take care of a wax blockage
Thank you in advance, anyone/everyone who has any input!!