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    any home remedies for swimmers ear, or ideas on how to prevent it?
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    my dd's ear doctor gave us this one 1/2 and 1/2 of alcohol and vinegar .. bring a plastic soap dish with a baggie of Q tips, small bottle of alcohol & vinegar .. dip and put in ears immediately after coming out of the water - repeat if they go back in - ditto after showers, hair washing etc .. especially if you have kids prone to ear infections etc

    my dd has a history of chronic ear infections, T Tubes (I know we are over a dozen), 3 reconstruction surgeries - etc etc .. she has had an ear infection since Jan 2001 - they can't knock it out completely

    the alcohol and vinegar help keep it down to a dull roar .. she's 19 and this will be an on-going life problem (it's structural)


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    Does your dd have a lot of scarring from the ear
    infections, and tubes? What type of reconstructive
    surgery?
    My dd's dr. has been saying that she has a lot of
    scarring and was just wondering if there was anything
    we could do about it. On tues (5-30) she is going in
    to get her tonsils out, they are extremly large so I
    hope that will help with some of her infections.
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    Hello,

    I'm not trying to be flip, i.e. discounting the great human aspect of this treatment, but my vet gave me this same exact "prescription" for my Toy Poodles' ears when they had ear infections. Worked wonderfully. My own doctor gave me a prescription for ear drops. Those worked well, too, but the vinegar & alcohol were far less expensive. I figure if my Poods can handle it without problems (they're terribly babyish!), I can, too!

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    We use hydrogen peroxide. We lay on our sides, pour some in, wait a bit and then turn over (on a towel). It gets all kinds of gunk out and it will dry out your ear also.

    We are a family of swimmers and have never had a problem with our ears.

    We do this about every 1-2 months. Don?t wait until a problem starts.

    Hope this helps,

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    A note on the vinegar and alcohol. My son has a real problem with wax build up (almost to the point that he can't hear well.) and his Dr said the vinegar and alcohol would work for braking down the wax, and drying up any water in there to avoid infection.
    Good luck with the swimmers ear.
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    Bonnie has ear drums the consistancy of wet toliet paper - they have to use a T Tube and jam it behind the bone in order for it to stay in .. she has scarring from the infections reconstruction surgery they slice behind the ear and flip it forward so they can get inside the ear to repair the bones, & drums ..
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    Has your child had the reconstruction surgery? My 8 yo has had ear tubes inserted x7and an adenoidectomy. We have gone thru speech therapy for 3 years but now he is doing fine.
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