Treat Swimmer’s Ear Naturally

Swimmer’s ear is a common outer ear infection also known as otitis externa. It is sometimes caused by fungus but is most often caused by bacteria that overwhelm the ear canal particularly after you have been swimming.  Frequent swimmers wash away the ear wax that protects the ears, plus it’s hard to get all that water out of your ears when you’ve finished so you’re left with water that has flooded your ear making it a perfect moist and warm breeding ground for bacteria.

There is, however, no need to go off and buy swimmer’s ear drops. While your doctor may provide an antibiotic to help, there’s no need to visit unless the infection is serious. In many cases home remedies for swimmer’s ear will help to clean the infection right up. The goal is to kill off the bacteria, clean out the canal without cotton swabs and other dangerous implements, and bring balance back to the ear so you can keep swimming.

Prevention is one of the most important tools in preventing a swimmer’s ear infection. Making sure that you wear a swim cap that covers the ear tightly to protect it is one of the most important steps you can take. Alternatively you can consider wearing ear plugs that protect the ears. Treating swimmer’s ear isn’t a challenge! You can get rid of it today!

What are Swimmer’s Ear Symptoms?

  • Itching
  • General ear discomfort
  • Odorless liquid coming from ears
  • Pain
  • Excessive fluid like discharge
  • Puss filled discharge
  • Impaired hearing
  • Redness of the ear canal skin
  • Feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Lymph node swelling
  • Scaliness of the skin around the ear

How do I prevent Swimmer’s Ear?

  • Add a few drops of mineral oil before going for a swim to inhibit bacteria growth.
  • Never swim in dirty water.
  • Wear a swim cap and consider ear plugs.
  • Don’t let water sit in your ear. If you can hear it swishing around tilt your head to the side of the affected ear and gently shake to try and loosen the water.
  • Use a few drops of rubbing alcohol to dry up any extra water in the ears.
  • Keep your ears healthy. Don’t over clean them or stick sharp objects down them.

How do I treat Swimmer’s Ear?

  • Warm some hydrogen peroxide to body temperature and add a few drops to the infected ear to kill off the bacteria. Then, once the sizzle sound stops, gently tilt the head and drain out the liquid.
  • Make a natural water drying mix with a few drops of vinegar mixed with water. Warm to body temperature then drop a few drops in.
  • Olive oil can be warmed and dropped in to help reduce infection.
  • Make a warm compress and press it against the ear to help relieve pain. If you heat up some salt in a sock it will also help to draw out the fluid.
  • Make some garlic oil by soaking a smashed clove in some oil over night. Warm to body temperature the next day and put a few drops in the ear. Garlic is naturally anti-bacterial and will kill off the infection.
  • Boost your immune system with probiotics and vitamins A, C and D.
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