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Ear infections a constant problem

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

  1. mntlblok

    mntlblok Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pompano Beach. FL
    Cause I'm the laziest guy on the planet. There's a *lot* of things that I *should* do. :) I *think* they're just a lot of little hairs, but I'll look more closely.
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    In the Lazy department, get this for $3 at any pharmacy, carry in your mask box, use after each dive: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fougera-The-Original-Swim-Ear-29.57-mL/10317164

    Or that's what I do. I'm also cheap, so I refill the bottle myself, with a 50-50 mix of alcohol & white vinegar - with much debate of alcohol strength, but I really don't think it matter. I measure equal amounts of the two liquids into a cup, then use a small funnel to pour. The bottle is sturdy and the applicator is removal for refilling. I like to squirt a little glycerin to the mix to help prevent burning. For my daughter who can't keep up with little bottles between trips, I buy little bottles on ebay. They don't have removal applicators, but I can squeeze them, then suck up the mix. :wink:
  3. descent

    descent Contributor

    Some ingredients seem to be in every recipe.

    I was concerned about using ethyl alcohol right next to an already wobbly brain during surface intervals, so PMed a professional for help.



    Can I use homemade health remedies containing alcohol to kill ear plankton?

    If I use them enthusiastically, can I become drunk?​


    Re: "trying to prevent ear problems"

    There is no problem with alcohol absorption through the ear canal. It is keratinized epithelium like skin. The problem with pure alcohol is that it dissolves skin oils that protect the keratinized layer, so eventually, it can result in drying and increased susceptibility to the very infection one was trying to avoid. In general, it is not recommended that solutions for irrigating the external ear be more than 50% alcohol, but I do not know where that number came from, or whether it has ever been formally tested (I doubt it).



    I didn't find the time to thank her for her advice. There's never enough time.

    For the last couple of months, I have been sitting up late and listening to the machines beep while I watch someone sleep.

    A temporary regret is now a permanent one.
  4. sealark

    sealark Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Pensacola Fl.
    50 years 10000 ten thousand dives never had that problem for the last 50 years ive been using my recipe. Maybe the Boric acid is the key. I'm going out again today and using it after every dive, Probably will make at least 4 dives for the third day in a row.

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