Swimmers ear

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    Mar 18, 2009 7:42 AM GMT
    Arrrghhh! I keep coming down with swimmer's ear. I know, I know, the doctor says use ear plugs. However, I hate/tend to forget them. Has anyone ever had recurring ear infections related to swimming? How did you deal with them?
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    Mar 24, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    Sorry, this is more of a rant than anything else, but I just had a disappointing and mediocre swim workout because I forgot my ear plugs. I ended up doing everything but the crawl, which was good cuz it made me be creative and add variety, but it sucked cuz that's the center of all my swimming. Actually, yesterday really REALLY sucked. I somehow lost my trunks, goggles and ear plugs all in one session but did not realize it ... and then it took subsequent workouts to figure out each missing equipment. So finally on the third trip to the gym when I realized I had no ear plugs, I said screw it. The first 5 minutes were some of the most miserable moments in the pool as I remember why I can't swim without goggles or ear plugs. And then I remembered reading this post and remembered there was something about "ear infections" in there and realized I should stick with only non-side-turning strokes.

    Actually I just got inspired for a solution for you, Dark. Swimming ear muffs, haha! ;)
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    Mar 24, 2009 7:27 PM GMT
    Here's some folk medicine for ear infections: take the center layer from an onion and wrap it in cotton and put it on the affected ear.
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    Mar 24, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    As animanimus suggests, give ear drops a try.

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    A review: http://www.epinions.com/review/Star_Otic_Ear_Drying_Aid_epi/content_427509124740
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    Mar 24, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    McGay saidHere's some folk medicine for ear infections: take the center layer from an onion and wrap it in cotton and put it on the affected ear.


    I know this sounds weird, but it really works. I've been a swimmer all my life and have been using the onion remedy since I was a kid.
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    Mar 24, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    Me too. My grandmother would do this for me and follow it up with a shot of whiskey. Earache would go away within a day.
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    Mar 25, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    Wow I had to google this to make sure this wasn't McGay just joshing. I mean, onion seems to be an irritant, how can that be right? Guess a lot of people vouch for it.
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    May 17, 2009 1:42 AM GMT
    Ok guys this work and it’s does not stink and you can take it to practice with you and use it after practice.


    Fill an old eye bottle with, 40% alcohol 40% peroxide and 20% white vinegar Nothing works better!!

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    Jan 01, 2011 6:26 AM GMT
    Swim cap followed by alcohol in a glycerine solution is the best. Then again, you don't have a free edible snack as you do with the onion approach.

    Key is to get the water out right after you swim. Perhaps other vegetables would be helpful to keep water out to begin. Baby carrots might add some stability. Small gerkins could, at the least be a conversation starter.

    I wonder about Cliff shots. They seem maleable enough. Could be a nice snack making your way to T1. High caloric edible ear plugs. You may have just unearthed the next big thing in triathlon nutrition.
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    I get that a bit both from swimming and the shower. Knowing the cause helps. The water stuck in the ear provides a good growth medium. Two people have separately suggested the remedy that I find works:

    1) Dry out and disinfect the ear with a 50/50 mixture of isopropyl and white vinegar,
    2) Get some over-the-counter antibiotic ear drops from the chemist.

    If you use these two before your outer ear gets fully blocked, it clears up in a day. If you don't, it takes more like 3 to 4 days for the swelling to subside.