Swimmer's Ear (cont.)
Swimmer's Ear Prevention
- Use of shower caps while bathing and earplugs while swimming will help keep water out of the ear canal.
- The best earplugs are often soft balls of special wax. The wax can be purchased at most pharmacies. Simply roll a small ball of wax in your hands and press it into the outer ear.
- Many individuals make their own ear plug by placing a cotton ball coated with Vaseline in the ear.
- Homemade ear drops also help prevent swimmer's ear after water exposure.
- Make a 50:50 mixture of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol for use after swimming or exposure to water. Apply 3-4 drops in each ear canal after swimming. This helps dry the canal and maintain the acidic environment of the ear canal.
- Avoid placing objects in the ear that can scrape or scratch the skin of the canal because this may cause an infection.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/11/2015
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