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July 29th, 2009, 02:34 PM
...I has it.

It hurts (a lot) in the left ear--even my jaw, a little--and my right ear is constantly getting some kind of drainage but it's not painful.

How can I get rid of both of these, short of a prescription? (If I can't do it in a couple of days, I'll bite and go get one). I tried ear drops (smells like rubbing alcohol) in my left ear. Ear wax remover drops and a subsequent flush seem to help in the right ear but it keeps coming back.

I wear an mp3 player when I swim to avert BOREDOM, so earplugs are probably out of the question--how can I treat this yucky stuff?

Could it be that the pool I just swim in is "dirty"? There is so much chlorine in there, I don't see how. But if a lot of people are in it, it gets cloudy.

What can I do?


Ahelee Sue Osborn
July 29th, 2009, 02:44 PM
In 49 years, I never had swimmers ear. Until last year...
Convinced it was related to pool cleanliness since several other swimmers in our program began to also experience this problem.

I started using simple ear drying drops from the drug store so I could get rid of the water shaking around in my head - and be sure my ears were dry. In about 2 weeks, the ache was gone but I kept up the drops.

Have not experienced a problem and have not used my drops in a few months.

Suggest you check in with the pool management about the issue as well.

July 29th, 2009, 06:48 PM
i get swimmers ear in open water and once when the pool temp fell under 76 degrees. ouch. hope u feel better soon.
i do get itchy ear from dirty pools

July 29th, 2009, 10:27 PM
What can I do?

Your symptoms indicate that you need to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist soon.

Your MP3 player may be a problem. For many, use of anything plugging the ear may lead to wax build-up and subsequent external ear infection.

I have HUGE ear canals, so I always wear ear plugs to prevent the irritating effect of water flowing in and out of my ears with each stroke -- earplugs definitely help me, but are not for everyone.

A 1:1 mixture of distilled white vinegar and rubbing alcohol is a good post-swimming preventive measure for most people.

If my ears start to get sore, I add 2 cycles in each ear with a battery-powered ear dryer. It is sold under the "Sahara" and "Mack's" brand names and looks like an ancient cell phone. I use this device after every SCUBA dive, as well.

Good luck,

July 29th, 2009, 10:35 PM
I have only had a few infections. Caught early, I have successfully treated them with "Ear Oil" from the health food store (garlic primarily) and hot water bottles and/or compresses, followed by massage of the area around the ear to encourage penetration and drainage. This has worked for me, but only when I caught it early. If you have let it go on too long, you might need to see a doc about antibiotics.

Also the hot water bottle and massage help with the pain :)

July 30th, 2009, 10:03 AM
I got it once after Big Shoulder's 5K.
I bought the over-the-counter swimmer's ear solution.(probably just alcohol) and put it in the ear. The first day I took off swimming. The second day I bought some silicone earplugs (the molding type) and went for wit with a swim. The plugs kept the water out and I was fine. I think it took 4 or 5 days and my ear was back to normal.
Good luck.
oh, I wore the ear plugs for 3 or 4 days after my ears seemed to be well then discontinued use of plugs.

August 22nd, 2009, 11:48 PM
Hi I have a question about ear infections: presumably they are caused by water logged in the ears which does not get out. My question (to those unfortunately got infections) is: were you actually aware of a particular instance of water being in the ear and did not get out, or not? In other words, was that one day you felt there was water in the ear which you couldn't get out, then later on you got infections; or was that you were totally unaware there was water inside your ear, and just gradually the ear got infected, though your ears felt fine after each swimming?