How to Fix a Leaking Ear With Rubbing Alcohol


A leaking ear is an annoying problem, but not necessarily a serious one. Discharge from the ear may include blood, pus, fluid or ear wax, although ear wax is the most common discharge. Possible causes are an infection or a minor irritation, but more serious causes include cancer, something stuck in the ear canal or some sort of head injury. You can start trying to fix a leaking ear with rubbing alcohol, but if it continues, you should always see your health care provider. Follow these simple steps for home treatment of a leaky ear with rubbing alcohol.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball or medicine dropper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Fill a medicine dropper or wet down a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. You can also mix a combination of half rubbing alcohol and half white vinegar. Either solution will kill any bacteria, as well as dry out, the ear. You can buy a medicine dropper at any local drugstore.

  • Tilt your head sideways with the leaking ear facing up.

  • Pull your ear up and back to open the ear canal.

  • Squeeze the liquid from the cotton ball or medicine dropper into the ear.

  • Move your ear around to help work the solution around the ear.

  • Tilt your head to the other side so that the leaking ear is facing down. Place a towel under your head to let the fluid drain out of the ear. Repeat this process once a day until the leaking has stopped.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't use the rubbing alcohol for more than five days without consulting your doctor. Rubbing alcohol can dry out your ear.
  • If the leaking from your ear is white, yellow or bloody, has lasted more than five days, is painful or the result of an injury, you should contact a health care provider before trying to treat the leaking ear yourself.


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