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Help your body mount its own defence against Otitis Externa,
This review is from: Swim-Ear (Misc.)I have suffered from Otitis Externa, putting up with the unpleasant discharge, the excruciating itching and impairment to hearing for years. When it became too much I would visit the doctor who would prescribe Gentisone, an antibiotic ear drop. This would clear things up for a couple of months but all too soon the itching would return and I knew I was in for another prolonged painful spell.
Between visits to the doctor I would try other 'remedies'. Things you probably should not try, just like you should not insert cotton buds into your ear, I am writing this review not to condone such behaviour but for other people like me, and you may recognise yourself here.
Finally I bought Swim Ear. It contains no 'medicine'; according to the label it is 95% isopropyl alcohol and 5% glycerine. Its only stated purpose is to remove water from your ear canal. If you suffer from Otitis Externa you probably know water is the infection's friend, and if not then just ask any doctor.
If you already have an infected, inflamed ear, the isopropyl alcohol will sting. Oh it will sting, in the way that 'proper medicine' like Gentisone does not. This of course inflames the ear - but it also removes the water from the ear canal, making life harder for the infection. I started using Swim Ear morning and evening, after showers and swimming of course and before bed. After a couple of days the infection was in retreat and the ear could recover between 'treatments'. The inflammation reduced, Swim Ear ceased to sting and stopped causing further inflammation. In about a week the infection was gone, all inflammation and itchiness gone and my hearing back to normal, only a little longer than my typical experience with Gentisone.
I have now been using it for over a year. I don't think Otitis Externa has fully left me, and every so often I will feel the tell-tale itchiness that heralds an infection. But a couple of days' use of Swim Ear and the itchiness goes away. No need to visit the doctor, no need to complete a course of antibiotics, no need for any medication at all; I reckon my body fights the infection itself, and Swim Ear merely gives it a helping hand by removing the water.