For an ear health regimen, combine equal amounts of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. You should start with a small amount, about a teaspoon of each. Mix them in a small dish. You can prepare a larger batch and store it for future use, but it’s best to try it out first and see how it works for you.
Once the ingredients are combined, use a clean eyedropper to put about half of the mixture into one ear while tilting your head to one side. After the minute is up, tilt your head over the sink to allow the mixture to drain.
Use the remaining half of the solution in your other ear following the same process, let it sit for a minute, and then dry it out.
Dr. Martin recommends using this remedy twice a day for four days when your ears are exposed to moisture, such as after swimming.
Ear health treatment can also be used twice a week for several months if you have constantly wet ears or are in a very humid environment.
This preventive measure is highly recommended for people who frequently suffer from swimmer’s ear or sinus infections that can spread to the ear. Treatment should be used proactively, and not on an ear that is already infected.
Situations that increase the possibility of an ear infection include:
High outside temperatures
Exposure to moisture for long periods
People such as swimmers, those who often get water in their ears while showering or bathing, and those who live in hot and humid climates are at a higher risk of infection. These warm, moist conditions are ideal for the growth of fungi and bacteria.
As much as possible, keep your ears dry by wearing earplugs when swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Avoid letting the shower water drip into your ear by keeping your head tilted. If water gets into your ear, dry the outer ear with a towel, tilt your head to allow the water to drain, and use a cotton swab to absorb any excess moisture.
Symptoms of an ear infection
Bacteria and fungi can inhabit wet ears. Any of these microbes could be responsible for ear pain and infection. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see a doctor instead of using the vinegar and alcohol treatment. This two-component treatment is intended to prevent, not treat, ear problems. Signs of an ear infection include:
Tenderness and tenderness
A feeling of blockage in the ear
Sensation of fluid in the ear
The ear is naturally self-cleaning, so earwax buildup should not occur naturally. However, we can inadvertently push earwax into the ear canal when trying to clean it out with a cotton swab. Symptoms of earwax buildup mirror those of infection and include:
ringing in the ear
A feeling of blockage in the ear
Dr. Martin points out that the human ear cleans itself naturally, so there is no need to wash the ear canal with soap and water. In addition, earwax cannot be dissolved with water, which makes cleaning with water ineffective.
The symptoms of an ear infection are similar to earwax buildup, so it is crucial not to self-diagnose. If you have symptoms, it may be too late for a prescription to prevent ear problems.
Protect your hearing and see an audiologist or an otolaryngologist at the first sign of a problem.
Conventional medicine may need to provide a remedy before they can use vinegar and alcohol for your ears. To prevent future ear health problems, swimmers may wear earplugs to keep the ear canal dry.