View Full Version : Swimers Ear

08-08-2007, 09:37
On one of my last lake dives I lost my bottle of swimers ear and was told by a buddy that he quit buying the stuff and just puts a few drops of alcohol in each ear....Anyone else do that? I was afraid to try it but I guess it makes sence, Swimers ear is part alcohol... Has anyone tried this?:Ink_Missile:

08-08-2007, 11:38
There is another thread on this, (ear beer) but the consensus is that a mix of 1/3 water, alcohol, and vinegar works best. It does not over dry your ear and the acid messes up the PH for the fungus to grow.

08-08-2007, 11:57
50/50 mix, Alcohol and Vinegar.

I generally just flush my ears with it after each dive, then at the end of the dive day I soak each ear for 5 minutes each. No less than 5 minutes.

08-08-2007, 12:50
50/50 mix for 5 minutes is the most common formulation, some people add a bit of glycerin to it.

08-08-2007, 13:00
I don't think a 5 minute soaking is required...a full 1-2 minutes is plenty for the brew to work. Also I would recommend using the drops after each and every dive,,not just at the end of the day. IMO

08-08-2007, 13:17
Link (http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=1297) to the ear beer thread.

WV Diver
08-08-2007, 14:15
50/50 is the ticket. Alcohol is a dying agent, gets the water out and since nothing lives in alcohol it kills whatever nasty stuff may be in there. Vinegar helps to provide the pH balance inside to prevent over drying of the skin inside your ear.

People are different. I can hear when the mix hits the water and releases it. It generally is instantly but some find that they need to soak the solution inside the ear for several minutes.

08-08-2007, 21:25
dont go 100 % alcohol. Without ear beer i dont know how i could go in the water.

08-08-2007, 21:33
I have to agree with the 50/50 solution...


08-09-2007, 13:13
I believe the 5 minute period is what the Navy suggested in order to insure the complete killing of the bad guys hanging around in there. I know when we disinfected the manikins for the Red Cross we certainly didn't do it in a couple minutes because we were told it's not long enough to kill the germs.

08-09-2007, 14:49
I use 50/50 water and distilled vinegar.


08-09-2007, 20:37
Every new thread I read, the more I find out I need to carry with me, so who makes a 3'x5' water tight box that floats when loaded?

08-09-2007, 21:01
Probably Pelican....

08-09-2007, 22:28
You could never carry what everybody thinks you should carry.

08-09-2007, 22:45
Well, most items seem to make a ton of sense. I will say in all my years of swimming, surffishing, and just goofing off in the Gulf Of Mexico, I never got swimmers ear, but I was never submerged underwater for an hour.

08-10-2007, 22:53
I think it's what's in the water. To be honest with a lot of Algae growing in it, muck in it, I think I'd be tempted to flush my ears too. If I didn't use a dryhood I know I would. There's some mighty nasty stuff in a lot of waters.

I know a buddy who got a BAD ear infection from diving in Table Rock lake which isn't all that bad.