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Ear infections a constant problem

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine Q&A' started by janer, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Juha_Kristian

    Juha_Kristian Guest

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Finland, Helsinki
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    My doctor is specialized to divers ears and he has been working with divers for about two decades now. He should be one of the best ear doctors around. Right now I'm really worried about everyday life with chronic ear canal infection because it's really painful and sleeping is impossible due to the pain.

    It's a pity that Proplugs wont help me to get back to the water. On the other hand I hope that solid non-vented Proplugs prevent water from entering the ear canal and relieve the symptoms of chronic ear canal infection.
     
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    Well, if he knows diving, then maybe he doesn't know how Proplugs work, but solid ear plugs certainly will not work. You can't equalize with those.

    Why don't you start a new thread for your case here on this Medical forum so the physicians who post here can focus on your challenges and maybe help you.
     
  3. sealark

    sealark Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Pensacola Fl.
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    No comments about my solution. Im 72 now and havent had ear problems as far back as I can remember I have over 10000 logged dives. Just returned from key west. 2 - 1 hour dives for 10 days in a row. No ear problems. I also have a Doctor and Pharmacists that use my recipe. No its not FDA approved.
     
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,989
    5,830
    It sounds like it would work fine, altho more trouble than 50-50 alcohol & vinegar. The acid may break down in storage after mixing, but the alcohol would still work.
     
  5. sealark

    sealark Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Pensacola Fl.
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    Dont forget about the boric acid it acts like an antibiotic. I have a bottle thats in my 03 pickup I use been in there since I bought the truck still works fine.
     
  6. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
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    Amazing how these old threads just spring back to life after almost 4 years!
     
  7. sealark

    sealark Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Pensacola Fl.
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    Thats 4 years of new divers to help with ear problems. Plus I'm sure no Doctors will recommend it. Just recommend cortisporn for the infection that in time if used a lot will not get the job done.
     
  8. mntlblok

    mntlblok Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pompano Beach. FL
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    Some additional personal anecdotal info. I continue to control the right ear issues with my diving via the Athletes Foot medication. Recently, though, the left ear came up with some somewhat different symptoms - some pain and constant, viscous discharge. The anti-fungal cream did nothing for it. A few drops of vinegar in there - via soda straw - and it was dry and crusty the next day, and completely gone within a week with a few more doses of vinegar.
     
  9. sealark

    sealark Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Pensacola Fl.
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    178
    When you get the problem completly gone why not mix up my simple solution. Then do what I have done for the last 30 years. After EVERY dive put a few drops in each ear. You can mix a couple quarts of it for around 10$. Good luck. I hope your ears dont start growing little toes. 😛😡
     
  10. Scott McWilliam

    Scott McWilliam Contributor

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    yes you should try swimmers ear or a similar product before the dive and after the dive. It may sound like a funny concoction but olive oil nine parts and one part hydrogen peroxide will also work and is an old divers home remedy.
     

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