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gobears
June 2nd, 2009, 07:59 AM
I'm wondering how many swimmers out there treat outer ear infections themselves (without a Dr. visit). I haven't gone to the Dr. for an outer ear infection since I was little.

When I was swimming in high school and college I would use straight isopropyl alcohol before and after swimming if my ear hurt. It would always clear up in one or two days. I've sworn by that ever since.

A couple of years ago, I mentioned that to a pharmacist while picking up a prescription med for my child's ear infection. The pharmacist seemed horrified that I would even think about using straight isopropyl alcohol on my child's ear infection. So I never have.

Anyone else out there who has treated a sore ear this way??? I swear I learned this technique from a coach somewhere along the way...

qbrain
June 2nd, 2009, 08:20 AM
Best bet, ask a ear, nose and throat specialist when it is appropriate to use Swim Ear and like, and when it is not, on your kid. Swim Ear is 95% alcohol.

Rarely do I talk to a pharmacist who isn't trying to do 3 things at once, so who knows how much thought was given to that suggestion. Worse, you could have been talking to some random assistant who actually knows nothing.

Chris Stevenson
June 2nd, 2009, 08:23 AM
Isopropy is what I've aways used too, but mostly for prevention.

The pharmacists should check his own stock...the OTC product "Swim Ear" is 95% isopropyl alcohol:

http://www.drugstore.com/qxp12443_333181_sespider/swim_ear/ear_drying_aid.htm

Lump
June 2nd, 2009, 08:35 AM
I've been experiencing alot of ear aches in the last couple months and being unemployed at the moment with no insurance I've had no choice but to treat it myself. Basically I've just been using the Swimmer's Ear product after each swim/shower and making sure I get it dry. I've also used some Microbial Isoprobyl Alcohol on Q-tips, and even some Hydrogen Peroxide.

If you do a search on home remedies you'll find a host of things from alcohol to different oils extracts.

FlyQueen
June 2nd, 2009, 08:59 AM
As an ear infection queen I used to use Alcohol AND Vinegar. I cannot remember why we added the vinegar but that was a recommendation of my ENT.

Chris Stevenson
June 2nd, 2009, 12:10 PM
As an ear infection queen I used to use Alcohol AND Vinegar. I cannot remember why we added the vinegar but that was a recommendation of my ENT.

I've heard that too. Also boric acid. Perhaps it is just a pH thing.

jim clemmons
June 2nd, 2009, 12:22 PM
I'm wondering how many swimmers out there treat outer ear infections themselves (without a Dr. visit). I haven't gone to the Dr. for an outer ear infection since I was little.

A couple of years ago, I mentioned that to a pharmacist while picking up a prescription med for my child's ear infection. The pharmacist seemed horrified that I would even think about using straight isopropyl alcohol on my child's ear infection. So I never have.


My ENT said he'd be happy to keep collecting my co-pay otherwise straight isopropyl (as a preventative) was the way to go. That was summer of 2000, haven't seen him since.

I'm thinking that once the infection is established, it can be very painful to drop in straight iso. I know i've done it a couple of times and flushed my ear out immediately with water from the tap to dilute it. Maybe that's why he was concerned about using it for someone elses ear(s)?

Fresnoid
June 2nd, 2009, 12:32 PM
I use isopropyl alcohol after every swim and have not had an ear infection in 32 years

gobears
June 2nd, 2009, 01:08 PM
OK, so I'm not crazy then (at least regarding this issue)! Took my kid to the ENT and he has no infection. Pain when you pull on his ear but it looks clear. Go figure...