Anyone who has ever suffered from an earache, or swimmer’s ear, can attest that it is one of the most horrid of pains to have. There are a number of natural home remedies to try before turning to pharmaceutical medications that can add toxins to the body. First, make sure you don’t have a ruptured ear drum, which needs professional help. A rupture is characterized as a sudden release of fluid that looks like pus or blood and may smell bad. That’s not swimmer’s ear.
If you’re sure it is swimmer’s ear, then here are seven ways to naturally combat it.
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Keep a baby bulb syringe on hand. Using a bulb syringe and warm, body-temperature saline solution, gently rinse the ear.
Using your baby bulb syringe, flush the ear canal gently with a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and warm water. Make sure the fluids are body temperature, as too warm or too cold can cause you to become dizzy. Hold the solution in place with a cotton ball. White vinegar is a versatile substance.: Try using a bit of white vinegar mixed into some water and put a few drops into the infected ear. This should relieve the pain almost immediately and help to take inflammation out.
Apply a warm, moist washcloth behind your ear and over your ear. If your problem stems from clogged ear wax, this should help melt it. It can then be rinsed out with either warm water or saline solution. Also try the white vinegar and warm water treatment with a baby bulb syringe.
Garlic for swimmer’s ear or vampires? Garlic is a good natural bacteria fighter that you may already use for cooking, so you probably have it in the refrigerator. If you are suffering from swimmer’s ear try using some garlic oil wiped inside the ear and then a moistened cotton ball in place.
Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away the pain. Most homes have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide around for wound care, but did you know it can help cure swimmer’s ear? Just four to five drops into the ear, tilt your head to the side. Let it bubble and then drain your ear by tilting your head the other way.
White vinegar with rubbing alcohol offers relief in two ways.: White vinegar mixed in rubbing alcohol combines antiseptic qualities with a desiccant. This gives fast relief of the pain when a few drops are put into the infected ear canal.