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- Swimmer's ear definition and facts
- What is "swimmer's ear" infection?
- What causes swimmer's ear infection?
- What are the signs and symptoms of swimmer's ear?
- What is chronic swimmer's ear?
- What natural home remedies treatments help cure swimmer's ear?
- What about swimmer's ear in children?
- How can swimmer's ear be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for a person with chronic swimmer's ear?
- Why do ears itch?
- What should I do if I get a foreign object or insect in my ear?
Quick GuideEar Infection Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
What natural home remedies treatments help cure swimmer's ear?
Regardless of the cause, moisture and irritation will prolong the course of the problem. Removing water from the ears after swimming or water exposure also can help prevent swimmer's ear. Natural and home care for swimmer's ear includes measures such as:
- 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. Use of a wick may be necessary for antibiotic treatment if the ear canal is very swollen.
- A homemade ear drip 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.
What about swimmer's ear in children?
Swimmer's ear may develop in children after swimming in natural water sources or taking part in other water activities. The child may complain of intense pain on movement of the ear, itching, or a sense of fullness. Discharge from the ear may occur. Treatment involves antibiotics, pain control medications, and sometimes antihistamines to reduce itching. Ear symptoms in children can also arise from middle ear infections (otitis media) or foreign bodies in the ear. Your doctor can determine whether your child's ear pain is due to swimmer's ear or another condition.