I make my own 50/50 alcohol and white vinegar. Stings more than drug store stuff but effective. I can get an empty small glass container with stopper from my pharmacist. In a pinch I have used my neti pot. Have a towel ready if you try that.
Amazon carries a device called an “Elephant Ear” irrigator. Get one and fill it with alcohol. 5 squirts in each ear after swimming eliminates all swimmer’s ear problems.
I’ve had a few issues since starting swimming on a daily basis years ago. Fortunately, a friend is an ENT and has helped me out numerous times. Now, I keep a dropper bottle of vinegar in my bag and add a couple drops on occasion to help dry the ears out. I also use hydrogen peroxide (on rare occasion, not regular maintenance) to bubble out deeper wax which has become impacted in the past from using q-tips.
A mixture of isopropyl alcohol and vinegar, half each, does the job. The
All your recommendations are helpful, in my case ear plugs and the use of a hair dryer have the reduced the occurrence.
Useful information to learn, especially when you have kids to take care of. Ear infections seems to be common in children.
I used to dive a lot in the Channel when a teen ager and young adult (cold water with a lot of microelements as it is a known place for Thalasotherapy due to exactly that). I broke my eardrums at least 10 times and they remain extremelyfragile. ORL doctors tell me I should not put my head in the water at all, but what can you do when you love to swimm? So I stopped diving (sadly) but went on swimming using eardplugs of different king which were far from perfect and gave me occasional ear infections. although I also used products to prevent infections like diluted teatree oil. Then I found Zorg eardrums for swimming and a specific brand “surfears” for surfing. Surfears dose not work so well for me to swimm but they have the advantage that you can perfectly hear what’s outside while water does theoretically not enter.
Now I can swimm wherever I want and just have to be very carefull not to frget my specific earplugs.
I use custom made ear plugs when I swim and sauna. They keep the water and sweat from entering my ears. Since starting to use them, I haven’t had a case of swimmers ear.