Ear Drops with Alcohol and Acetic Acid - Benefits

Ear drops containing alcohol and acetic acid are formulated to help with ear wax removal and to prevent swimmer's ear, a common ear infection.
Where to get
Available at pharmacies and recommended by healthcare professionals.
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Ear Drops Containing Alcohol And Acetic Acid FAQ

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How do you use acetic acid in your ear?

Leave the cotton in your ear for at least 24 hours, and keep it moist by adding 3 to 5 drops of acetic acid to the cotton every 4 to 6 hours. After removing the cotton, you may then place the drops directly into your ear 3 or 4 times daily. Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.

Can you use alcohol ear drops to dry out your ears?

Alcohol or vinegar. You can also buy over-the-counter (OTC) ear drops to help dry out your ears quicker. These ear drops typically contain isopropyl alcohol or glycerin. If your symptoms worsen after using OTC swimmer’s ear drops, let your healthcare provider know.

Can you use acetic acid to dry ear canal?

Consider using a hair dryer (at the lowest heat setting) to dry the ear canal after hair washing, bathing, or swimming. Consider use of over-the-counter acetic acid 2% ear drops or spray (for people aged 12 years and older) morning, evening, and after swimming, showering, or bathing, for a maximum of 7 days.

What are ear drops?

Ear drops are liquid medications that you put inside your ear canal. You can buy some kinds of ear drops over the counter. Others require a prescription from a healthcare provider. You should consult a healthcare provider before using ear drops.

What are antibiotic ear drops?

If you have an ear infection, your healthcare provider may recommend antifungal or antibiotic ear drops. Active ingredients in these ear drops often include: Acetic acid. Aluminum acetate. Ciprofloxacin. Ofloxacin. Tobramycin. Gentamicin. Clotrimazole. Fluconazole. Miconazole. Can I get antibiotic ear drops over the counter?

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