Otitis Externa (cont.)

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What home remedies treatments help cure swimmer's ear?

Regardless of the cause, moisture and irritation will prolong the course of the problem. Therefore home care for swimmer's ear includes measures such as the following:

  • Keep the ears dry. While showering or swimming use an ear plug (one that is designed to keep water out), or use cotton with Vaseline on the outside to plug the ears.
  • Scratching the inside of the ear or using cotton swabs should be avoided. This will only aggravate the irritated skin, and in most situations will make the condition worse.
  • A hearing aid should be left out as much as possible until swelling and discharge stops.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for use of medications and do not stop using the medications until instructed to do so by your doctor.
  • A homemade mix of 50% rubbing alcohol, 25% white vinegar, and 25% distilled water can be used to slightly acidify the ear canal can be used for prevention of infections as well as mild infection caused by bacteria or fungus.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/17/2015

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