Swimmer's ear (aka otitis externa) is an extremely painful condition of the outer portion of the ear and ear canal. Because the condition usually occurs during the summer when the ear has been exposed to water whilst swimming, many people call it swimmer's ear. However, water from a bath or shower can also trigger the condition.
THE BEST HOME REMEDIES TO CURE SWIMMER'S EAR!
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Essential Fatty Acids (Efas)
[YEA] 10/25/2007: Greta from Hillsboro, Oregon: "Yes, ice cream, cheese, milk and even unsweetened yogurt all cause me to have sinus infections--even raw goat milk. The raw goats milk was the least innocuous. There are times when none of these bothers me. At one time, about four years ago, if I drank milk (yes, even raw) I would choke on a huge volume of white mucus. I discovered that if your spleen isn't working properly milk can cause a huge mucus buildup. I went to work on my spleen and, lo and behold, I could drink milk once more without any ill effects. I also learned that allergies and sensitivities to foods are related to how much of that substance is stored in our bodies, and certain deficiencies (vitamin, mineral or enzyme) deficiencies we may have. Some allergies may be overcome within seconds of taking the substance you are lacking. For instance 'swimmer's ear' can be 'cured' by taking the EFA'S that person is lacking. Swimmer's ear usually occurs on a hot sunny day when one has been out too long in the sun and gotten a burn, effectively burning up precious EFA's. So, I think this may help people understand why they may be sensitive to a substance at one moment, and not another, or why two people may eat the same food, but only one becomes sick."
White Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol
[YEA] 10/07/2009: Jane from Austin, Tx: "My daughter has a tendency to get swimmer's ear. Her pediatrician gave us a very simple remedy that his grandmother used. Every time your child (or you) swim, put drops of a solution made from 50/50 white vinegar/rubbing alcohol immediately after you get out of water. We have never had another bout of swimmer's ear since following this routine. (go to drug store and buy an ear drying solution for swimmer's ears, empty and clean, and replace with the vinegar/rubbing alcohol solution - advise from our ped. so you don't confuse what is in the container)."Replies
[YEA] 10/26/2010: Jennifer from Franklin, Pa replies: "This works I got this remedy from an er doc who was a swim coach. Have not had swimmers ear yet while doing this. Though it does feel warm in your ear when the drops go in. We use a medicine dropper."
06/26/2012: Mssunshine from Ocoee, Fl replies: "What's the right amount for mixing the solution? My little one is about to take swimming lessons. Thank you."
[YEA] 12/28/2012: Renee from Fresno, Ca replies: "I have been doing this for months now and have not had a recurring problem since. Previously I had constant ear infections just from getting water in my ear from the shower. I would try to dry with q-tips but was always worried that I was going to permanently damage myself. Yes, there is a bit of vinegar smell but to not have that pain anymore is worth it!"