Replied By Jennifer (Franklin, Pa) on 10/26/2010This works I got this remedy from an er doc who was a swim coach. Have not had swimmers ear yet while doing this. Though it does feel warm in your ear when the drops go in. We use a medicine dropper.
Replied By Mssunshine (Ocoee, Fl) on 06/26/2012What's the right amount for mixing the solution? My little one is about to take swimming lessons. Thank you.
Replied By Renee (Fresno, Ca) on 12/28/2012I have been doing this for months now and have not had a recurring problem since. Previously I had constant ear infections just from getting water in my ear from the shower. I would try to dry with q-tips but was always worried that I was going to permanently damage myself. Yes, there is a bit of vinegar smell but to not have that pain anymore is worth it!
Replied By Brad (Idaho) on 08/10/2015I've always used 100% rubbing alcohol on q-tip and swap out the inner ear in the evening after swimming in a lake/river.
The basic theory is that the alcohol kills the bacteria and and unlike the vinegar solution it will evaporate at body temp so no dripping liquid.
If in a pinch 150 proof alcohol without flavoring can be used.
Replied By Enlightened Lotus Flower (Minneapolis, MN) on 08/25/2021Worked fast for me!