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Using Rubbing Alcohol for Ear Infections

Using Rubbing Alcohol for Ear Infections

Ear problems and infections are something that most of us tend to experience at some point or the other in our lives. While it is important to check with your doctor about the same, rubbing alcohol for an ear infection can prove to be beneficial in some cases.
Shalu Bhatti
Our ears are probably the most 'low maintenance' part of our body that don't demand much of attention, and neither do they divert much of our attention towards them, unless it is a case of an ear infection. Also, if you think about it, we never really care about what is good or bad for our ears as compared to the other body parts. I mean we would always wear sunglasses to protect our eyes from the sun's rays, but do we even care to do something to protect our ears from the infections or problems that could have been 'easily preventable'? Yes, most of the common ear problems that we tend to suffer from including earwax, ear aches, and swimmers ear are preventable! The good news is that rubbing alcohol is something that is proving to be a quick and natural treatment for these problems.
Rubbing Alcohol for Treating Ear Problems
Rubbing alcohol, also known as the surgical spirit in the United Kingdom, is a solution which consists of ethyl alcohol or isopropanol alcohol. It is used as a soothing and cooling agent by various athletes and other individuals. Doctors usually use it as a disinfectant solution before puncturing the skin for blood tests or inserting needles. Apart from these basic uses, rubbing alcohol is also used for household cleaning purposes. As this article focuses on the usage of rubbing alcohol for ear problems, mentioned below are some of the common ear problems that can be cured using this solution. However, before you go ahead, it is advisable to consult a doctor beforehand. If the condition permits, your doctor would himself advice you to put drops of rubbing alcohol in the ear to cure the infection.
Ear Infections
Well, general infections that occur from too much of water accumulation in the ears, or ear piercings can be cured by application of rubbing alcohol in the ear. This infection can occur if the metal wire used for piercing the ear has not been sterilized properly, or if you have changed your earring before the piercing could heal completely. This can lead to pain, swelling and formation of pus in the ear. For this, you can soak a cotton ball and apply it over the piercings while you have your earrings on. You can also twirl your earrings to make sure that the alcohol has reached each and every part of the piercing properly.
Swimmer's Ear
Another condition wherein application of rubbing alcohol has proved to be helpful, is in case of swimmer's ear prevention. This condition can be extremely bothersome with symptoms like severe swelling and pain. Which is why, it is always advisable to prevent this condition from occurring, which can be done by putting a few drops of rubbing alcohol in your ears to dry the excessive moisture within the ears. However, if you have already developed the infection, you must get in touch with a doctor to give you medicated drops to treat the same.
You must be cautious while applying rubbing alcohol inside your ears as some people experience a lot of pain and burning sensation while doing so. It is normal to feel a slight amount of pain and burning sensation, however, too much of it can cause unnecessary problems. So always consult your healthcare specialist before going forward with the same.