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Swimmer's Ear – Symptoms, Causes and Home Remedies
Inflammation of ear canal is called swimmer’s ear. When some sort of bacteria enters in your ear, it is largely possible that you could get this irritating infection. People who love swimming often complain about ear inflammation and swelling but its also possible that due to excessive moisture near ear could lead to swimmer’s ear.
“The ear canal is dark and warm, so if it gets wet, you have all the ingredients for a Petri dish to grow bacteria, If left untreated, swimmer’s ear can get worse and harder to treat, occasionally, patients need prescription oral antibiotics and, in extreme conditions, the patient may need to be admitted to the hospital.” says Richard Freeman, MD, Division Chief of Otolaryngology at Lakewood Hospital.
- Loss of hearing
- Yellowish ear discharge
- Pain in the ear
Swimmer’s Ear Causes:
- Prolonged exposure to contaminated water, usually during swimming
- Harsh chemicals in hair products like sprays, shampoos and dyes
- Cleaning ears with fingernails or sharp objects, which can damage the skin tissue
Natural Home Remedy Using Salt:
- Salt is useful as it absorbs water from the ear.
- Heat ¼ cup of salt
- Wrap the salt in a handkerchief
- Hold the cloth near the ear opening for 2-3 minutes
- Do this 3 times everyday
Natural Home Remedy Using Garlic:
- Garlic contains allicin, which has strong anti-bacterial properties
- Put 1-2 drops of garlic in the affected ear
- Repeat this 3 times a day
- Before swimming apply oil inside the ears. This allows easy draining of water
- Use ear plugs to block entry of water