Natural Remedies For Swimmers Ear – 7 Effective Solutions

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People often avoid going to the doctor for just a light irritation in the ear and they prefer finding a solution for their problems at home. If you looking for natural remedies for swimmers ear then read this article and I will provide you with 7 effective ways to treat swimmers ear.

What is Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is a bacterial infection in the outer ear canal that runs from your ear drum to the outer side of your head. It is also known as “external otitis”. Contrast to the infection in the middle ear, it is an infection of the outer ear canal…

Excessive exposure to water and water trapped in the ear prominently creates a moist environment, aiding bacterial growth. This bacteria invading the skin inside your ear canal causes swimmer’s ear infection.

Swimmer’s ear infection can occur in two forms:

  1.  Acute Swimmer’s Ear is a painful ailment arising out of inflammation, infection or irritation in the skin inside the outer ear canal. Not following through with treatment for acute swimmer’s ear can cause Chronic Swimmer’s Ear infection.
  2. Chronic Swimmer’s Ear is Swimmer’s Ear that continues for more than 4 weeks or occurs more than 4 times a year.

Swimmer’s Ear makes the ear very painful, more specifically the movement of the outside portion of the ear. It can be chronic to an extent that even the ear canal can swell shut and result in swelling of that side of the face.

Causes of Swimmer’s Ear Infection

Swimmer’s ear Infection is a condition where bacteria grows in the skin inside the outer ear canal. Let us look at the most common causes of Swimmer’s ear:

Swimmer’s ear infection is prominently caused by a bacterial infection from certain types of bacteria (Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, or Pseudomonas). It is generally caused by

  • Natural Remedies For Swimmers Earexcessive exposure to water, like in swimming, surfing, kayaking, diving and many other water activities. The water traps inside the ear canal, it moistens the skin and invites bacterial grow, which in turn causes Swimmer’s ear.

  • Over-cleaning the ear canal with any foreign instrument, like cotton swabs, is another major cause of Swimmer’s ear.

  • Any cut or abrasion in the lining of the ear canal

  • Cosmetic chemicals such as hair dyes, bleaches and even some shampoos can react adversely and cause Swimmer’s ear.

  • Small breaks in the skin caused by frequently scratching the ear can cause swimmer’s ear.

  • Skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis.

  • A fungal infection can also lead to Swimmer’s ear.

    So, these are the main causes of Swimmer’s ear infection. However, some people can develop it because of more than one reason.

    Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear Infection

    Below are a list of Swimmer’s ear symptoms that can help you identify if you are experiencing this condition:

    swimmers ear diagram


  • Feeling of fullness or itching in the Ear

  • Swelling of the ear canal followed by ear drainage

  • Enlargement or swelling of the lymph nodes around the ear, making jaw-opening painful and difficult

  • Pain which intensifies at the time of chewing

  • Reduced level of hearing or temporary hearing loss in the concerned ear

  • Fever


    Natural Remedies For Swimmers Ear – Top 7

    Regardless of the cause, the irritation and itching remain in Swimmer’s Ears for a long time. To give you relief, here are some natural remedies for swimmer’s ear.

  1. Colloidial silver. This is my personal favourite swimmers ear home remedy. Colloidial silver is a completely natural liquid filled with suspended particles of silver. It has tremendous antibiotic, antiviral and anti-fungal qualities that will help to clear the infection. To use Colloidial silver, add 2 drops to the affected ear while you lie down with the infected ear pointing upward. Remain in this position for 5-6 minutes to let it seep down into the ear canal. Then simply turn your head so that the liquid can drain out. Repeat twice daily if necessary.

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  2. Mix one portion of white vinegar and one portion of distilled water together with 2 portions of rubbing alcohol. Pour drops of this mixture into the ear to slightly acidify your ear canal and to prevent mild bacterial of fungal infections.

  3. Using a hairdryer to evaporate any excess water in the ear. Do this 3-4 times a day and it will gradually kill off the bacteria causing the infection.                                                                                       

  4. Tumeric is a terrific anti-inflammatory and will help to relive any irritation or pain. On a low heat, gently simmer Some fresh Tumeric with Olive Oil for 2-3 minutes. Next you must strain the oil into a dropper bottle and leave to cool. Once it has cooled to a safe enough temperature, put a few drops onto the affected ear. Do this 2-3 times a day. 

  5. In order to lessen the ear pain, press a covered hot-water bottle or place a therapeutic heating wrap against the infected ear. This heat therapy will lessen the ear ache in Swimmer’s Ears.

  6. Garlic also acts as a natural bacteria fighter. You can even use garlic oil in the treatment of swimmer’s ear. Just follow the same steps as making the tumeric oil above. 

  7. Prevention is always better than a cure. For people that suffer from swimmer’s ear but may been involved in water sport activities like swimming, surfing of kayaking, try using a  swimming head band, it will prevent any water getting into your ears.


Treatment for Swimmer’s Ear Infection

If you have tried these natural remedies for swimmers ear and the infection continues to persist, seek medical advice from you doctor. Your physician might need to clear any discharge or drainage from your ear. He can do it either through suction or with an ear curette with a scoop at the end.

In case the swelling in your ear is too much to allow the ear drop to reach the ear canal properly, the physician might even have to insert some cotton or a gauze tube to let the ear drops reach the ear canal.

The antibiotic ear drops generally last for about two weeks and it is always recommended to follow the complete prescribed course, irrespective of the pain or symptoms subsiding before time.

I would always encourage  people to try a natural solution before putting prescription medicines into your body. These often tend to have side effects and will not do your body any good in the long term.

Please feel free to comment in the box below if you have any questions or to share your experiences with of swimmer’s ear. 

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