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Old 05-15-2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default Ear infections from Diving (swimmers Ear)

I posted this a couple years ago on the old forum and thought some more divers might be interested in it.



When I hit 40 I would get ear infections every time I spent more than a couple hours a day in the water. Then I started using the recipe below after EVERY dive. I havenít had an ear infection in 24 28 years. I always have a bottle on board and in my truck. I just take the cap off hold my finger over the opening and let a small amount go down into each ear.
All the materials are available at any drug store for less than $10.00. The Alcohol dries the water, The boric acid is what your grandmother used for infections and the white vinegar keeps the wax from drying up because of the alcohol.


Ear wash recipe

1 Pint 70% or less % Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
Boric acid powder 6 oz. is more than enough
White Vinegar


Pour out about 2" of the alcohol out.

Pour or put about 2 Table spoons Boric acid into Alcohol and shake up. If acid remains in powder on bottom you have enough if not add until a small amount remains on bottom. Only a certain % will go into solution so you can't overdue the Boric Acid. Fill the remaining area in the bottle with white vinegar and shake up. The solution is now ready to use.

I usually buy 3 or 4 bottles of alcohol and mix them up in a big bowl then pour them back mixed up into the alcohol bottles. This way the powder on the bottom remains in the bowl and wonít make your ears white when the solution dries out after pouring it into your ears.
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I was thinking about trying some baking soda with that white vinegar!!! he he...
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I've used a mix of vinegar and alcohol before so I will try it with the boric acid. Boric acid mixed in warm distilled water makes a good eye wash.
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SeaLark - help me out here. The isopropyl will dry out the middle ear and remove some oil, and the vinegar will kill fungus and yeast....use to do this when on a swim team. What does the Boric acid do...besides a roach deterant and leave a white color on/in your ear when dried? And does it affect the ear in any bad way (adversely) after it dries? How long do you leave this mix in your ear....or do you place a cotton ball and leave for awhile? Thanks.
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Look at my post it clearly explains what each substance does. There are no ill effects to you unless you are a cockroach and drink it. I also stated I have been using it after EVERY dive for the last 28 years!
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have use that before but it doesnt feel good at all when you have a small cut in your ear
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Thank you, sir.
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have use that before but it doesnt feel good at all when you have a small cut in your ear
The alcohol is what burns a cut. The boric acid will kill any infection.
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My MD prescribed 90% alcohol (the 70% is 30% water, which is what you don't want) and white vinager in a 50/50 mix. Works good, but doesn't smell to good.
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My MD prescribed 90% alcohol (the 70% is 30% water, which is what you don't want) and white vinager in a 50/50 mix. Works good, but doesn't smell to good.
I'm not going to contradict a doctor, However 90% is too strong. Doesn't 30 years of using it after every dive without any I'll effects mean anything. Yes I tried 90% and it's too strong. I would believe that the 70% would offset the 30% pure water in the mix. Go ahead and use the 90% if you want at least you wont get an ear infection. One more thing was the Doctor a medical diving doctor or a GP?
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