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    Grouper
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    mm-dm referred to us as "eloquent". Perhaps he meant to say "delinquent".

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    (After a fresh water dive, I get ear infections quite easily.)
    I believe one of the Navy findings is to have maximum preventative effect (prophylactic effect is probably more medically correct, but just doesn't sound right relative to ears), the ear solution needs to be in each ear for 5 mins before diving. I did this each day as a preventive measure during several days of fresh water diving, and didn't have any ear issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sansho View Post
    mm-dm referred to us as "eloquent". Perhaps he meant to say "delinquent".

    I'll go with that, but only if you can furnish some recent, attributable behavior- such as window shopping for a Harley, or "borrowing" a postage stamp at work.

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    Doesn't the swimmers ear (commercial over the counter stuff) handle this for you? It only runs a couple bucks, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsolo View Post
    Doesn't the swimmers ear (commercial over the counter stuff) handle this for you? It only runs a couple bucks, right?
    It's also over 90% pure isopropyl alcohol. May as well use straight rubbing alcohol. It's just plain bad for the ears. It dries things out but doesn't kill the critters... and in fact, it makes the ear interior SO dry it can cause crackly skin, allowing the critters to get in deeper. It may be fine for the pool, where the chlorine has already killed most of the critters, but it's not good for natural environments.

    The alcohol in the 50-50 mix helps dry, but more important is the pH of the white vinegar. That's what actually kills the critters.

    Cheap store brand vinegar and cheap store brand rubbing alcohol and you've spent only a few bucks as well, but you have enough raw stock to last you the rest of your diving career, pretty much.

    Read the DAN Article on the topic for more.

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    Now the I have the recipe for ear beer... what container/dispenser are you guys using to deliver this "holy water" to the "ear daemons"?
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    I use diluted Hydrogen Peroxide every few days. Especially when in the Tropics.

    Alot of people think its very good for stopping you from coming down with colds and flu's.

    Regards Aussie

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekkindave View Post
    Now the I have the recipe for ear beer... what container/dispenser are you guys using to deliver this "holy water" to the "ear daemons"?
    Cheap plastic water bottle, recycled from one I already drank. Only mix 1/2" or so at a time, which is a good month's supply. Toss it and use a new one every 2-3 batches.

    Just be sure to mark it well and don't get it mixed up with actual water bottles!

    The Swim Ear bottles are handy for travel, though.

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    I bought the commercial swimmer's ear stuff just for the bottle. I felt stupid paying $3.19 for an ounce of rubbing alcohol, but the bottle is great.
    -Matt

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    I use Domeboro Sol 2% OTIC by Bayer Phar

    RX I have used it for 9-years and over 300+dives. Never had a problem. Of course I have used Doc's ProPlugs for the last 6-years with a full Lycra hood to keep the crud away from the ear canal.

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