Swimmer’s Ear can be painful and irritating and may result in you paying a visit to your doctor for prescribed medicine like painkillers and antibiotics. Many times the visit to the doc can be avoided with simple home remedies and natural treatments. Don’t forget, if symptoms don’t get better within a few days; make that trip to the doctor!
Swimmer’s ear is a painful infection of the skin lining the ear canal brought on by contact with water. About 4 out of 1,000 people are affected annually by swimmer’s ear and the risk is increased for individuals who swim a lot. Also, studies show that once an individual has had swimmer’s ear, the odds of getting it again are considerably higher.
To keep the risk of getting swimmer’s ear low, follow these tips:
*Keep ears dry
*Dry your outer ear thoroughly after swimming or bathing with a clean towel
*Never insert your finger or sharp, hard object into your ear
*Avoid swimming in contaminated water
To ease the pain:
*Place a warm heating pad against your ear
*Keep your ear dry
*Use earplugs when bathing, showering
*Avoid swimming or cleaning your ears until the infection is over
Here’s a YouTube video about swimmer’s ear:
Place a few drops of white vinegar in the ear for 5 minutes and turn the head over, repeat the other ear as the first one treated can drain. Then turn the head sideways again to allow the second ear canal to drain. Try this method 2 times a day for 3 days.
For clogged ears, a mixture of 3 drops of apple cider vinegar with equal parts of water in the ear. Helps prevent infections in the future.
Place warm baby oil in the ear and use a cotton ball to prevent draining.
A hair dryer set on ‘warm’ can help evaporate water trapped in the ear
Use an eye dropper and place a couple of drops of equal parts of water, hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar in the ear, leave for about a minute, drain and use a cotton ball to plug the ear.
Use a towel between a heating pad as a warm compress to soothe the pain. Only do this for limited amounts of time.
Gently rub the ear canal with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol
Rinse the ear with a saline solution using an eye dropper
Garlic is used in a lot of home remedies and good for rinsing the ear. Garlic oil can be purchased at the store or you can make your own garlic oil at home.
2 or 3 drops of mullein flower or tea tree oil can be placed in the ear for easing the pain and swelling.
Making herbs like cat’s claw, Echinacea and chlorella part of your regular diet can boost the immune system to help prevent swimmer’s ear and other infections.
1 tbsp. sweet almond oil, 3 drops roman chamomile, 1 drop of lavender oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil; Use a couple of drops of this mixture on a cotton ball and apply to the outer ear a few times each day.
A few home remedies for swimmer’s ear you can try.