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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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Water in outer ear: If you have no perforation in your ear drums, you can use 3-4 drops of 95% isopropyl alcohol into each ear to help evaporate the water. There was no r ... Read More
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Dr. Devin Cunning
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cerumen : Cerumen or "wax" in the ear canal can trap water against the tympanic membrane (ear drum). Rubbing alcohol helps dehydrate the ear canal. If this pe ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
43 years experience Dermatology
Ear cleaning: There is no reason to use either product to clean the ears. Mild soap and water is more than enough. You should not be forcing materials into the ear ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Impacted ear wax: Impacted ear wax or cerumen is best softened with either hydrogen peroxide, debrox, Cerumenex or olive oil. I have found peroxide to be quite successf ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
36 years experience Pediatrics
Weak peroxide ok: Peroxide and water in a weak solution would be a good antiseptic, alcohol on top of that seems like a bit too much. You don't really need 2 types of ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
ENT doc: Sounds like you have a bad swimmers ear problem. Best bet is to see an ENT doc ASAP. If weekend, go to ER.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Baker
21 years experience Family Medicine
Both will kill germs: Both hydrogen peroxide and alcohol will help kill bacteria. The peroxide can be a bit strong/caustic, so I prefer a salt solution or alcohol. As for ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Drescher
29 years experience Emergency Medicine
Should be ok: A little alcohol on a qtip should not cause a problem. It is more the trauma of putting them in your ear that can do damage so it's not recommended. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
45 years experience Travel Medicine
I wouldn't if sore: Straight rubbing alcohol can burn a tender ear. Small amounts, mixed with white vinegar, are sometimes used sparingly as a preventative for 'swimmer's ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Humes
41 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
No: Why would you want to? Avoid this practice.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
13 years experience Pain Management
Because: It helps dry the water in the ear canal. Moist ear canal is a breading ground for infections.

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