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Rubbing alcohol for ear ache

I am living proof that putting 1 to 2 drops of rubbing alcohol with a cottonball inside the ear will cure an earache almost instantly.

The following was sent in by Mountainman

When you put rubbing alcohol in your ear, no matter what the strength, it should not burn, but it should only be in there around 10 seconds or so. I've done it for years. It has been a good way to remove excess wax or water. Now if it hurts or burns, you probably have an ear infection which is more serious. It's possible alcohol could kill the infection, but i personally think at that point you should have a doctor to better access the problem.

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Burning a little Comments By: ANON on 2004-07-16
I put rubbing alcohol in my ear for my ear ache and it dislogged it but it has a lasting burning sensation. It still feels like the alcohol is in my ear but that could be because it is still draining or something. Not sure.. How long is instant?
I seems like it may not be working for you Comments By: TipKing on 2004-07-16
I am not sure what you are trying to dislodge? I have not personally tried this tip so I am unable to comment on how long it takes to work or whether or not it will work.
Use isoproply alcohol/vinegar to avoid earaches Comments By: Anon on 2004-08-18
My ENT told me to use a 50:50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and clear distilled vinegar to kill fungus and avoid earaches. Store it in a brown eyedropper bottle (avail at drugstores). He said NOT to use rubbing alcohol. The alcohol binds with water in the ear and the acidic vinegar kills any spores. After showering/swimming an eyedropper squeezeful of the mixture in your ear; use a kleenex and let it drain immediately. It only needs a few seconds to work!
Alcohol???? NO Comments By: §nook§ on 2004-09-12
I tried this 3 times and it does not work. I can't even tell that I have tried it, so my advise don't waste your time.
OUCH Comments By: Karl Verhaeghe on 2004-10-30
OUCH. OUCH. OUCH, OUCH. BAD IDEA. DID I MENTION THAT THIS IS A PAINFUL BAD IDEA? Kind of in line with the logic of banging your foot with a hammer to cure a headache.
alcohol and water ? Comments By: leanne on 2004-11-15
the cure part seems to have worked.but it hurts. not a pain relieving remedy. straight alcohol was just too painful. but i believe it works. I still prefer peroxide.
PLEASE SPARE YOURSELF!! No Alcohol in Ear!!!! Comments By: Anon on 2005-01-17
DO NOT, i repeat DO NOT put rubbing alcohol in your ear. I did this about a week ago, and still have no feeling (other than burning from my ear). I now am going to have to go back to the doctor and make sure i have no internal damage inside my ear (not to mention once again this is very very painful)
Thank you!!!! Comments By: elley on 2005-05-05
My husband said it would work and after reading your comments I said, "NO WAY!"
No Way Comments By: Nollid on 2005-05-21
No way i am trying to put alchohol in my ear,you would have to be crazy to try it after all those bad comments
wtf?! Comments By: soflachick on 2005-06-05
This doesn't work. Putting Vicks Vaporub on a cotton ball and putting that in your ears was the only thing that worked for me after I tried everything else

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