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Caught Swimmer’s Ear

FreeRangeAsparagus

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Aug 10, 2019
58
18
Massachusetts, USA
Guess that’s what I get for swimming in the Charles.

On my third day with it, got all my stuff from the doc but the pain is excruciating. Keeps me up at night, max dose ibuprofen doesn’t help. It feels like someone’s driving a threaded screw through my eardrum infinitely. Any tips on quelling the pain? I’ll do anything.


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Harry Pristis

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Jul 24, 2003
993
43
Northcentral Florida
Been there, had that. Your ENT specialist may have to treat you now.

Here's the prophylaxis: VoSol, an acetic acid otic solution (USP). This is an OTC preparation. Immediately after every dive, instill a drop or three in each ear canal, making certain that the fluid reaches the ear drum (you'll feel it). Then forget about it.

After your ear canals are no longer inflamed, after every dive, you simply can flush your ear canals with straight white vinegar which is cheaper and more accessible than VoSol. A small squeeze bottle of vinegar was an essential item in the dive bag. I've made many, many river dives, and never had otitis after I got smart about acetic acid and my ears.
 

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