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A 29-year-old member asked:

how can i treat swimmers ear?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
SEE YOUR DOCTOR: You need prescription ear drops, do not swim till it clears, if painful take a pain killer like Motrin or Aleve (naproxen) if you are not allergic to those. Non prescription ear drops are good for prevention but not for treatment.
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Vinegar and water: 1/2 strength white vinegar will make an acid environment in the ear that will cure most causes of swimmer's ear. Or you can pay for a medication prescribed by a doctor that is 1/2 strength vinegar (acetic acid)!
Dr. Anne Eglash
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Vinegar & alcohol: Use a solution of 1/2 white vinegar, and 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Place 5-10 drops in each ear after swimming, lying on each side for 5-10 minutes. If you feel you have an infection, use the drops 4 times a day. The alcohol dries the ear canal, and the white vinegar maintains a healthy acid/base balance (pH) to prevent infection.
Dr. Matthew Griffin
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Otitis externa: Swimmers ear otherwise known as an outer ear infection or Otitis Externa may require antibiotic drops or even oral antibiotics for resolution if bacterial cause or antifungal if fungal cause. See your' doctor.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Do a lot of people get swimmer's ear?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: We see it constantly in the summer. It is easily treated with topical medications and can be prevented with vinegar/rubbing alcohol drops.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Will my swimmer's ear stop me from going on my vacation?

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Possibly: Swimmers ear (otitis externa) requires antibiotic drops. If they don't have them on board patients can become quite miserable. It can even become life-threatening in diabetic patients. Also the condition requires water avoidance (none in the ear). Make sure you get seen before the vacation to avoid a miserable week!
A 36-year-old member asked:

How to help swimmers ear?

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Dr. Michael Armstrong
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Have it cleaned: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is swimmers ear permanent?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Not permanent: Swimmer's ear describes infection of the external auditory canal. While the infection can be chronic and recurrent, particularly in swimmers and those who tend to get water or moisture in their ear canals, it is not a "permanent" disease.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Whst is the treatment for swimmers ear?

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Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Drying and antibioti: Swimmer's ear is usually a topical infection inthe ear canal. Not the ear drum. Dry the fluid and put in antibiotic drops.

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