What Are Swim-EAR® Drops?

Swim-EAR® drops are a drying agent. When used as instructed, Swim-EAR® goes to work immediately to relieve clogged water which can get trapped in the ear canal after swimming or bathing. Swim-EAR® uses the only FDA approved ear-drying formulation because it has been proven to be safe and effective. Swim-EAR® drops are available over the counter, without a prescription.

Why should I use them?

Keeping your ears dry is crucial to avoiding swimmers ear. Any water in the ear can become problematic if it remains in the ear canal for too long. Non-prescription Swim-EAR® can be used as a drying agent to clear the inner ear canal from trapped water.

Swim-EAR® uses the only FDA approved ear-drying formulation because it has been proven to be safe and effective.

When and how do I use them?

For maximum effectiveness, use of Swim-EAR® drops is recommended immediately following swimming or bathing. Use 4-5 drops in each ear, alternately turning the head to the opposite side. A mild warming or tingling sensation may be experienced by some individuals and that is quite normal.

If you experience swimmers ear symptoms such as pain, discomfort, itchiness, or even temporary hearing loss, contact your doctor. Swim-EAR® drops should not be used if any swimmer’s ear infection is present, if there is any ear discharge, or if you have a perforated ear drum. Do not use on broken skin, or if pain is experienced. Consult a doctor in all these cases.

How do they work?

Swim-EAR® quickly dislodges trapped water from the sides of the ear canal, allowing it to easily run out or just evaporate.

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“Isopropyl alcohol 95% in anhydrous glycerin 5% is the only FDA-approved ear-drying agent that has been proved to be safe and effective.”

Krypel L. Otic disorders. In: Krinsky D, Berardi R, Ferreri S, et al, eds. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. 17th ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association; 2012:557-569.