How to get rid of an ear infection without antibiotics
I have had ear infections all my life. My four years of high school were particularly the worst for ear infections. I was on antibiotics the whole four years. They kept having to up my dose because I would get immune to them. I was prescribed every type of drop out there. But the infections would always come back. As an adult, now many years out high school, I still suffer with them. I get at least two ear infections a year. I get the worst type of infection: Otitis externa (A.K.A swimmers ear.) In my opinion it is the most painful of all the ear infections. The whole inside, outside, and part of your face is bursting with pain. If you are currently in this much pain right now. I suggest you see a doctor.
That being stated. I am not a doctor. This is my own remedy I use on my self. I don't guarantee it will work on you. But it's worth a try. I use this remedy when I feel an ear infection coming on, and when I am having a small amount of ear pain. Try at your own risk!
Hydrogen peroxide is cheap and sold everywhere. This is what I use for my first step.
I take an eye dropper and fill it with hydrogen peroxide. I grab a towel and set it next to me. I lay on my side with the infected ear up and drop hydrogen peroxide into my ear until I feel like my ear is full. Don't be alarmed. You will hear and feel it bubbling. It is cleaning your ear. If you have any pus or infection, it will clean that away too. This usually doesn't hurt and I have actually come to enjoy the tickling feeling the hydrogen peroxide feels in your ears.
I lay on my side until it stops bubbling. Ranging anywhere from 5-20 minutes.
When it stops bubbling, lay your infected ear on the towel and drain the hydrogen peroxide out. Make sure the inside of your ear is dry. I like to use a blow dryer on low heat to dry my ear out.
For extra measures I like to repeat this step on the other ear.
I do the hydrogen peroxide step, 2-3 times a day until the infection is gone.
This is probably the most strangest step. But it truly works for me. An onion is a natural anti-bacterial that helps cure ear infections. When warmed up, it helps with ear pain and discomfort.
Buy a yellow or sweet onion at the grocery store. Cut it in half. Microwave it for 1 to 2 minutes. Until it is steaming and your able to squeeze out a small amount of the juice. Squeeze a few drops of the juice out and place it in a small container.
Take the container of juice, the hot onion, and a towel. Lay down on your side with the infected ear up. Use a dropper and drop the juice inside your ear. Massage the side of your face so the oil goes all the way down your ear canal. Pretend like your chewing or chewing gum helps work the oils way down the canal.
Take the steaming onion and hold it on your ear. Like it's a headphone and your listening to music. Hold it close enough so that the steam from the onion is able to enter your ear. Sit like this for 20 minutes.
When you're done, empty the onion juice out of your ear onto the towel. Take a washcloth and gently was the side of your face. It may smell like onion.
Do this once a day, or when you have ear pain. Until the infection is gone.
Another thing that helps ear infection discomfort is warm olive oil or warm coconut oil. If you are having ear pain, place some warm olive oil in your ear with a dropper and let it sit in your ear for 20 minutes. It doesn't cure the infection, but it helps with the pain. Empty it out on a towel, as you would with the onion juice.
Again this is very cheap and can be purchased at any store. I don't recommend doing this step on children. Or if you are having a serve earache. When placing the rubbing alcohol inside your ear, it will get warm and burn like rubbing alcohol does. But It only burns for a few seconds. It cleans the inside of the ear, and helps dry out the infection. To me this step is very important, especially for swimmers ear. Since there is a lot of liquid in your ear at the time of the infection. It helps dry it out.
Get an eye dropper and fill it with rubbing alcohol. Lay a towel next to you. Lay down with the infected ear facing up. Fill your ear with the alcohol. Be prepared for the burning sensation. This is normal. Let it sit in your ear for 5 minutes. Drain your ear on the towel.
Do this twice a day, until the infection is gone.
If you tend to get infections after swimming, bath or showers. Do this after your done and it will dry up the water and prevent the infection!
If your infection gets worse, and the remedies don't work for you. Please don't hesitate to go to the doctor.