Swimmer's ear is an infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your head. It's often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that promotes bacterial growth.

Fortunately, an easy home remedy can prevent this from happening. A mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part rubbing alcohol may help promote drying and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi that can cause swimmer's ear. Put a couple drops of the solution into each ear before and after swimming if you are prone to getting swimmer’s ear. If symptoms like ear pain, discharge, redness, or itching persist, please see a doctor because you may need prescription ear drops.

This health tip brought to you by Dr. Kristina Roberts, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing integrative and individualized primary care medicine at Lokahi Health Center in Kona. For more information, call 808-329-2114 or email [email protected]