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Ear infections

9 November, 2015

Question:

I have an ongoing problem with outer ear fungal infections due to water in my ears. When I shower I use ear plugs. What can I do when I go to the mikveh to avoid getting water in my ears? My ear infections are extremely painful.


Answer:

In a situation of great need, it is permissible to immerse with a piece of cotton coated in oil (preferably fish oil) or Vaseline, placed deeply into the ear.

If there is a serious concern about water entering the ear even with the cotton wool in place, one momentary immersion is sufficient. You should enter the water, make the bracha, and then immerse just once.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

Refuah Shleimah!


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