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Title: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: bandit957 on August 29, 2019, 10:57:54 PM
Anyone else ever do this? I read about this on a website back in 2004, and I began trying it. I think it works, but I can't be 100% sure, since I always try it early enough that the symptoms may just be a false alarm anyway. Once back in 2015, I failed to try it, because I got wrapped up in an episode of 'CHiPs'. When the show was over, it was too late. It should be done early.

Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional. Before you try anything like this, read up about it first.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: Max Rockatansky on August 30, 2019, 12:46:12 AM
Parents sure thought it worked but I always thought it was Placebo Effect.  My wife thinks the same thing about Vicks Vabor Rub on the chest as a cold remedy. 
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: jp the roadgeek on August 30, 2019, 03:11:08 AM
Parents sure thought it worked but I always thought it was Placebo Effect.  My wife thinks the same thing about Vicks Vabor Rub on the chest as a cold remedy.

That one actually works.  It does loosen up the mucus in your chest and makes your cough more productive.  My mom started me on that from a young age.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: Scott5114 on August 30, 2019, 03:16:35 AM
There's no way it could work—a cold is an upper respiratory infection and doesn't involve the ear canal.

Unless your head is shaped like a Speak-N-Spell.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: 1995hoo on August 30, 2019, 07:57:07 AM
Never heard of this being a cure for colds, but it is one method for cleaning your ears if you get a wax buildup. Don’t know whether it might be effective at relieving that clogged feeling you often get in your ears when you have a cold.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: formulanone on August 30, 2019, 09:35:59 AM
Actually, yes.

Works quite well, although it's not an overall "cure", it reduces the swelling and congestion in my head.

I used a 50/50 mixture with peroxide and isopropyl alcohol. I'll use a needle-less syringe to inject a few drops into my ear canal; keep your head tilted to one side for a few minutes at a time. I've found it reduces the swelling and inflammation of my ear canal, which happens to me twice a year when flying, and gets compounded during descent and landing. Or just from some random air pocket which won't nicely leave my ear until I can take a hot shower.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: bandit957 on August 30, 2019, 10:29:54 AM
There's no way it could work—a cold is an upper respiratory infection and doesn't involve the ear canal.

Unless your head is shaped like a Speak-N-Spell.

I guess my head is shaped like a Speak & Spell. It's seemed to work for me for the past 15 years.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: MNHighwayMan on August 30, 2019, 10:36:45 AM
There's no way it could work—a cold is an upper respiratory infection and doesn't involve the ear canal.

Unless your head is shaped like a Speak-N-Spell.
I guess my head is shaped like a Speak & Spell. It's seemed to work for me for the past 15 years.

The placebo effect is a powerful phenomenon.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: Max Rockatansky on August 30, 2019, 10:47:12 AM
Parents sure thought it worked but I always thought it was Placebo Effect.  My wife thinks the same thing about Vicks Vabor Rub on the chest as a cold remedy.

That one actually works.  It does loosen up the mucus in your chest and makes your cough more productive.  My mom started me on that from a young age.

I’ll have to try that out the next time I have the cold.  She also thinks it’s funny to break out the Vicks whenever someone has the slightest problem.  Apparently some people think it’s some sort of elixir or something like that?
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: bandit957 on August 30, 2019, 10:49:01 AM
Back around 1989, I saw an article about some baseball player who ate VapoRub to cure colds. I've never tried this, and I probably wouldn't recommend it.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: inkyatari on August 30, 2019, 11:54:54 AM
Remember that there is no cure for the cold. You can make the symptoms less terrible, but there's no cure.

As for hydrogen peroxide, the only thing it's good for, as someone else pointed out, is cleaning your ears.  Research has shown that when used on a cut, it does not help prevent an infection.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: kphoger on August 30, 2019, 03:02:11 PM
And VapoRub doesn't actually open up your nasal passages.  It just makes them feel like they're opened up, which can be just as nice.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: vdeane on August 30, 2019, 08:43:51 PM
Parents sure thought it worked but I always thought it was Placebo Effect.  My wife thinks the same thing about Vicks Vabor Rub on the chest as a cold remedy.

That one actually works.  It does loosen up the mucus in your chest and makes your cough more productive.  My mom started me on that from a young age.

I’ll have to try that out the next time I have the cold.  She also thinks it’s funny to break out the Vicks whenever someone has the slightest problem.  Apparently some people think it’s some sort of elixir or something like that?
The elixir is Windex.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: Duke87 on August 31, 2019, 01:04:30 PM
As for hydrogen peroxide, the only thing it's good for, as someone else pointed out, is cleaning your ears.  Research has shown that when used on a cut, it does not help prevent an infection.

Oh it's good for other things too, but only when far more concentrated than the stuff you can buy at the store is:
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: tchafe1978 on August 31, 2019, 09:12:50 PM
Two men walk into a bar. The first orders a glass of H2O. The second says I'll have a glass of H2O2. The second man dies.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: US 81 on September 01, 2019, 06:16:03 AM
Remember that there is no cure for the cold. You can make the symptoms less terrible, but there's no cure.

As for hydrogen peroxide, the only thing it's good for, as someone else pointed out, is cleaning your ears.  Research has shown that when used on a cut, it does not help prevent an infection.

Actually, it is a very effective antiseptic against a broad spectrum of microbes, not only bacteria, but viruses, yeasts and spores. It is so effective, in fact, that it can damage new formation of cells = this may inhibit healing and promote scar formation.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: MNHighwayMan on September 01, 2019, 08:28:05 AM
Remember that there is no cure for the cold. You can make the symptoms less terrible, but there's no cure.

As for hydrogen peroxide, the only thing it's good for, as someone else pointed out, is cleaning your ears.  Research has shown that when used on a cut, it does not help prevent an infection.
Actually, it is a very effective antiseptic against a broad spectrum of microbes, not only bacteria, but viruses, yeasts and spores. It is so effective, in fact, that it can damage new formation of cells = this may inhibit healing and promote scar formation.

Again, you're not considering concentration. The three percent solution (or whatever it is) you can buy at Walgreens probably does very little/jack shit. But I'll guarantee that thirty percent hydrogen peroxide solution will kill a lot of things—maybe even the user. :)
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: In_Correct on September 03, 2019, 07:38:09 PM
Anyone else ever do this? I read about this on a website back in 2004, and I began trying it. I think it works, but I can't be 100% sure, since I always try it early enough that the symptoms may just be a false alarm anyway. Once back in 2015, I failed to try it, because I got wrapped up in an episode of 'CHiPs'. When the show was over, it was too late. It should be done early.

Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional. Before you try anything like this, read up about it first.

Yes. Not Exactly A Cure, But The Best Treatment.

Warm Salt Water Is Also A Treatment.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: MNHighwayMan on September 03, 2019, 08:18:49 PM
Now if only there were a treatment for capitalizing every word in a post.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: renegade on September 04, 2019, 04:04:38 PM
Now if only there were a treatment for capitalizing every word in a post.
Thanks.  It's a Fakebook practice that should die a flaming, horrible death.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: DaBigE on September 04, 2019, 06:26:24 PM
There's no way it could work—a cold is an upper respiratory infection and doesn't involve the ear canal.

Unless your head is shaped like a Speak-N-Spell.

The Eustachian tubes beg to differ. The ears, nose, and throat are all connected, hence ENT specialists.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: In_Correct on September 04, 2019, 07:17:21 PM
Now if only there were a treatment for capitalizing every word in a post.

I Have No Time To Make It Perfect.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: In_Correct on September 04, 2019, 07:24:31 PM
Now if only there were a treatment for capitalizing every word in a post.
Thanks.  It's a Fakebook practice that should die a flaming, horrible death.

What Needs To Die A Horrible Death Is Dancing "404" Dancing Around when a broken link to an image instead of the simple Red X that used to be there in the 1990s. The Red X needs to be brought back. The Dancing 404 and any thing else that needs to dance around needs to die a horrible death. And also J Query needs to die a horrible death. That is what needs to die a horrible death.

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Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: vdeane on September 04, 2019, 08:46:12 PM
Now if only there were a treatment for capitalizing every word in a post.
Thanks.  It's a Fakebook practice that should die a flaming, horrible death.

What Needs To Die A Horrible Death Is Dancing "404" Dancing Around when a broken link to an image instead of the simple Red X that used to be there in the 1990s. The Red X needs to be brought back. The Dancing 404 and any thing else that needs to dance around needs to die a horrible death. And also J Query needs to die a horrible death. That is what needs to die a horrible death.

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Also Chrome's practice of showing nothing at all and ignoring width/height attributes for images that aren't loaded or have an issue loading.  I set those attributes specifically so the page wouldn't change size (and therefore scrolling would be unaffected) while the images are still loading, and there's Chrome stripping them out.  Plus, as a user, I'd rather see if an image doesn't load than have it invisibly fail, because in the latter I often don't know that an image is supposed to be there at all.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: webny99 on September 04, 2019, 09:08:12 PM
Now if only there were a treatment for capitalizing every word in a post.
I Have No Time To Make It Perfect.

That's OK, The Treatment Doesn't Have To Be Perfect.
Go ahead and give it a try anyway.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: Scott5114 on September 06, 2019, 06:49:47 AM
There's no way it could work—a cold is an upper respiratory infection and doesn't involve the ear canal.

Unless your head is shaped like a Speak-N-Spell.

The Eustachian tubes beg to differ. The ears, nose, and throat are all connected, hence ENT specialists.

I'm well aware, but if the Eustachian tube is clogged because of a cold, peroxide in the ear is more likely to work against a potential ear infection (which tends to be caused by the Eustachian tube being clogged) than do anything to directly affect the cold.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: US 89 on September 08, 2019, 12:16:16 AM
There's no way it could work—a cold is an upper respiratory infection and doesn't involve the ear canal.

Unless your head is shaped like a Speak-N-Spell.

The Eustachian tubes beg to differ. The ears, nose, and throat are all connected, hence ENT specialists.

I'm well aware, but if the Eustachian tube is clogged because of a cold, peroxide in the ear is more likely to work against a potential ear infection (which tends to be caused by the Eustachian tube being clogged) than do anything to directly affect the cold.

Unless you have a punctured eardrum, nothing you put into your ear is getting into a Eustachian tube.
Title: Re: Pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears to cure common colds
Post by: Scott5114 on September 08, 2019, 03:39:01 AM
There's no way it could work—a cold is an upper respiratory infection and doesn't involve the ear canal.

Unless your head is shaped like a Speak-N-Spell.

The Eustachian tubes beg to differ. The ears, nose, and throat are all connected, hence ENT specialists.

I'm well aware, but if the Eustachian tube is clogged because of a cold, peroxide in the ear is more likely to work against a potential ear infection (which tends to be caused by the Eustachian tube being clogged) than do anything to directly affect the cold.

Unless you have a punctured eardrum, nothing you put into your ear is getting into a Eustachian tube.

Good point; I forgot about the eardrum. So disregard my previous post—it can't even do anything for an ear infection.