neosporin in the ear canal
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dancing_hannah posted:
I am 20 and have had reoccuring ear infections all my life. When I was little I went through 2 sets of tubes and an anoidechtomy (spelling?) When I got into middle school the ear infections (mostly middle ear) started again, about one BAD one a year. Since I have been in college, I have had maybe 7 ear infections between two years. I am a swimmer and constantly get swimmers ear as well as an avid q-tip user...i know I have been told to stop. Lately I have found that putting a little neosporin just inside the ear canal helps water to drain better from my ears. I was wondering if this was safe? Also any tips you may have on keeping healthy ears thanks so much!
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
The biggest tip....STOP using Q-tips. You are getting swimmer's ear BECAUSE you use them. Wax is a protective coating for the ear canal. There is absolutely no reason to swab out your ear, no more than you should remove tears from your eyes. Allow normal earwax to coat the inside of your ear canal and you will see a dramatic reduction in swimmer's ear.

The ear is lined with skin, so you could safely use Neosporin ointment. Personally, I would never recommend it, but it is safe. However, it would be better to let the earwax do its job.

Middle ear infections are an entirely different and unrelated issue.