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  • First Aid: Swimmer's Ear

    If someone you know is prone to swimmer's ear, take the following precaution: 

    • Mix one part rubbing alcohol (dries the canal) and one part white vinegar (inhibits bacteria). 
    • Put several drops of the solution into each ear immediately after a swim and again two hours later.

    Do not use if there is a tube in the ear for drainage or a hole in the eardrum.

    Is it an infection?

    Severe pain, impaired hearing, white or yellowish-green discharge from the ear, fever or swollen glands are all signs of infection that can be treated with antibiotics.

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