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How do you make at-home ear drops for swimmer's ear?

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Homemade preventative ear drops can be made from 1 part white vinegar and 1 part rubbing alcohol, according to Mayo Clinic. In application, an individual should pour about 1 teaspoon in each ear, then allow it to drain out to prevent swimmer's ear.

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There are a number of preventative measures one can take to prevent swimmer's ear in addition to homemade drops, states Mayo Clinic. Keeping the ears dry, for instance, especially after swimming or bathing, will certainly help. Use a blow dryer on the lowest setting to dry the ears quickly. It is also important to stay away from water that has high levels of bacteria in it in order to protect the ears.

Keeping foreign objects out of the ears, such as cotton swabs or hairpins, is also recommended by Mayo Clinic. These items can cut the skin and push irritants, such as ear wax, deeper into the ear making it more difficult to remove. It is also very important to protect the ear from irritants such as hair dye and hair spray. If someone has recently had an ear infection or ear surgery, it is important that a doctor is consulted before getting back into the water.

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