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Prevent Swimmer's Ear With Homemade Solution

Prevent Swimmer's Ear With Something You Have Under Your Kitchen Sink

It seems that even simple Summer fun comes with risks, and if you're cooling off in the pool, on the beach, or with water sports like surfing, you're at risk for a bacterial infection known as swimmer's ear. When your ear is exposed to excess moisture, whether from swimming or bathing, water can become trapped in your ear canal. The delicate skin inside your ear can then become soggy and we all know how bacteria love moist places.

Although commonly brought on by exposure to water, swimmer's ear can also be caused by cuts or abrasions in the ear canal lining from sand, dirt, or irritation from cotton swab use — your mom was right about not sticking anything in your ear! Some people experience insane itchiness, but the ear can also be extremely tender to the touch, or cause pain, ringing, or a feeling of fullness inside the ear.

Antibiotic drops are often prescribed to cure the infection, but here's an inexpensive way to prevent swimmer's ear if you're prone to it or know you'll be spending time in water. Definitely don't stick Q-tips in your ear to soak up the water as it can impact ear wax or puncture the eardrum, setting the stage for an infection. Try this instead: mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. Squeeze drops of this solution inside the ear before and after spending time in the water and it'll help speed up the evaporation of moisture that gets trapped inside the ear.

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ella1978 ella1978 6 years
Good to know. I tried to wear those gelly ear inserts, and they are awful. They hurt to put in, and sometimes, water still gets in, which interrupts your swim... glad to know this.
monirah monirah 6 years
LOL This might have been helpful like a week ago.. I'm suffering of swimmer's ear right now and it's been a week on the antibiotics. It's a pain! So, yea.. definitely doing the preventative measure next time :)
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
If I can add to the suggestion, it also works to clean your ears out with 3% peroxide before going swimming to get rid of the excess ear wax. This makes it harder for water to get caught in the ear.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 6 years
I, too, used just isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) without the vinegar. It worked well, when I remembered to use it! I got a mini Nalgene dropper bottle and kept it in my swim bag, so I would always have it.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
I used to get Swimmer's Ear real bad as a kid. my mom would douse a cotton ball (not q-tip!) in rubbing alcohol and just squeeze 1 - 3 drops in my ear (I would lie on my side) to dry all the water up post-swim and prevent me from actually getting infected. she was an NCAA swimmer so I trusted it then and now!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
i have been doing the rubbing alcohol trick since i was a kid.
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