Swimmer's Ear Prevention
When your ear feels wet or blocked after being exposed to water, tilt your head sideways with that ear up, pull the ear upward and backward to put in eardrops to dry out the ear. Wiggle your ear to get the drops all the way down in the ear canal, and then turn your head to let them drain out. These drops may be purchased without a prescription.
For further treatment, check with your ENT doctor. He may suggest making your own ear drops using rubbing alcohol as part of the mixture. As the alcohol evaporates, it absorbs the water, helps dry out the ear, and may even kill the bacteria and fungi that cause swimmer’s ear.
If the problem occurs frequently, your ENT doctor may suggest placing oily ear drops in your ears before swimming to protect them from the effects of the water.
If you have itchy, flaky ears, or wax build up, you may be more likely to develop swimmer’s ear. Be especially careful when you expose your ears to water.