Herbal Treatments for Swimmer's Ear
For many people, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a swim in cool water. However, when there is bacteria in water, that pleasant and refreshing swim can turn into a painful proposition. Swimmer's ear is an infection that happens in the outer ear, which means it is the part of the ear on the outer side of the eardrum. When someone looks in your ear, they can probably tell it is infected, because it will be red, swollen, and may even have a watery discharge. While these symptoms may be bothersome and even painful, swimmer's ear usually goes away on its own in a few day. You can speed up the healing process by washing out the ear with a mix of half water and half hydrogen peroxide. Use a bulb syringe and squeeze some of the solution into the ear. Leave in the ear for about 5 seconds, then allow to drain out. The hydrogen peroxide helps to clean out the infected discharge as well as other bacteria. Along with this process you can speed up healing by adding a few herbal remedies. Use them for at least 2 days to ensure that the infection is completely gone. As always consult your doctor if the pain in your ear continues.
Garlic is a potent antibacterial remedy and can help clear up swimmer's ear. Use garlic eardrops twice a day. Look for garlic oil in most health food stores. Put 3 drops in the infected ear and let sit for about 5 minutes to coat the ear canal.
Make eardrops with calendula, garlic and mullein extracts. Look for these in health food or natural remedy stores. Calendula and mullein work together to soothe the irritated tissues in the ear. The garlic helps to fight the infection. Mix these extracts in equal parts and put in about a teaspoon of olive oil in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. Put 4 to 6 drops in the infected ear and lie on your side for at least 5 minutes to allow the oils to penetrate the infected tissue.
To prevent getting swimmer's ear in the first place, use apple cider vinegar. Dilute apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of distilled water. Place one drop of this mixture into each ear right after swimming to prevent an ear infection. The acidic nature of vinegar prevents bacteria from forming in the ear.
Make sure to consult your physician if you have an ear infection that worsens or is extremely painful.
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