swimmers ear

Get Rid of Swimmer’s Ear Naturally

Swimmer’s ear is an ear infection in the outer ear canal that is caused by bacteria or fungus that build up when water gets into the canal and doesn’t get back out again. Because this water makes the ear a warm, moist environment, bacteria positively thrives and can cause this infection that is most commonly seen in swimmers and summertime. The key to keeping the infection in the mild stages and getting it cleared up is resisting the urge to poke and prod the ear. Messing about with it will only make the infection worse as time goes by.

 

How do I know if I have swimmer’s ear?

Mild Symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Redness in the ear
  • Mild discomfort
  • Draining of fluid

Moderate Symptoms:

  • Intense itching
  • Pain
  • Worsening redness
  • Continued, increased drainage
  • Pus
  • Fullness and blockage
  • Trouble heaing

Severe Symptoms:

  • Pain that radiates from head to neck
  • Total ear canal blockage
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Scaling or flaking of ear

 

How can I prevent swimmer’s ear?

  • Watch where you swim; avoid water that may not be clean.
  • Don’t mess with your ears. Avoid swabbing them constantly.
  • Get any water in your ears out gently.
  • Cover your ears when swimming with a swim cap or ear plugs.

 

How can I treat swimmer’s ear?

  • Try making garlic oil and pouring it down the ear canal while warm; 2-3 droops is plenty.
  • Make a vinegar solution and put three drops down the ear to help clear up infection.
  • Place a heating pad against the ear; make sure it isn’t set to high.
  • Mineral oil helps to prevent bacteria infections in the ear.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin C so you can help fight off the bacterial infection.
  • Avoid highly processed and greasy foods as they inhibit the body’s ability to fight infection.
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