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How can I treat swimmers ear?

How can I treat swimmers ear?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more


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How can one treat swimmers ear pain?

How can one treat swimmers ear pain?

Ear drops: The most important thing is to get the ear cleaned out well. Secondly, a good antibiotic ear drop makes the symptoms go away faster. When it's severe i usually do give a narcotic pain pill for a couple of nights. ...Read more

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What is swimmers ear and how can it be treated?

What is swimmers ear and how can it be treated?

Swimmers ear: Usually seen in the younger age.Usually due to swimming in dirty water. Its an infection of the outer ear canal. Treatment is to use antibiotics. If its a fungal infection then anti-fungals. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies to treat swimmers ear?

Yes: It is important to ensure you're treating otitis externa (swimmer's ear) and not something else, as treatment of ear pain varies depending on the cause. Also, formal medical treatment is much more effective. With that said, rubbing alcohol, strong grain alcohol (e g bacardi 151), and/or white vinegar used as ear drops may help clear and prevent swimmer's ear. Would recommend to see a doctor.... ...Read more

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If I have swimmers ear. What could happen if i don't get it treated and just let it go away on its own? Could i get like sepsis?

If I have swimmers ear. What could happen if i don't get it treated and just let it go away on its own? Could i get like sepsis?

Treatment: Why not get treated?. Ear drops after cleansing should help. It is unlikely that you will become septic, but this is always possible. Many are due to pseudomonas, you might try a solution of vinegar in water to irrigate the ear canal, steroids will reduce inflammation and antibiotics will fight infection. ...Read more

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Will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) treat an ear infection or swimmers ear?

Will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) treat an ear infection or swimmers ear?

which ?: It will treat a middle ear infection but will do little if anything for swimmers ear. Swimmers ear requires a topical drop that can reach the inflamed surfaces.If the swimmers ear has worsened to include a skin cellulitis around the ear, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) may treat this secondary problem. ...Read more

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