We all suffered from infections at some point so we know how you feel, Some people is allergic to foam tips, cheap tips can leave some silicone waste result of the manufacturing process inside your ear, etc... however you got it right: Hygiene is the key...
There's no need to clean your ears constantly with q-tips. A towel is usually more than enough, small cotton hair from the q-tips can rest inside your ears and cause an infection, so avoid them at all costs. I used to have allergic reactions often but it was a matter of time, the allergic reaction disappeared even using the same tips after a few weeks and now I'm allergic free (knocking on wood).
Clean the silicone tips with soap and water the first time you use them if possible to remove the silicone excess.
You could keep your IEMs (earphones) inside a case when not in use. (Always)
If you have earpods or apple earbuds you could consider these:
Check my tips list out:
Have det sjovt
Edited by squallkiercosa - 11/15/13 at 11:04am