Swimmer’s ear is a problem faced by swimmers due to infection in the ears that they catch while swimming. Due to this problem the ear becomes swollen, itchy, red and painful. The swimmer may experience loss of hearing.
It can be treated at home by using some ear-drops comprising of white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, baby oil or a mixture of peroxide and white vinegar. Either of these things may soothe the ear. Antiseptic ear drops are also available at chemist shops, or you can consult a doctor if the problem becomes serious.
Swimmer’s ear is a problem which can be easily detected. If the ear becomes painful, red and itchy these might be the signs of this problem. Apart from it soft wax deposits in the ear, neck swelling, white-yellow discharge, continuous humming noises or decreased hearing ability and feeling of ears getting heavy are also among its other symptoms.
This problem may occur due to swimming in impure, contaminated water or water containing high levels of chlorine. Swimmers suffering from diabetes are also prone to this disease. Any chemical that could have entered the ear canal may also breed this infection. Use of cotton ear-buds to clean the ears deep inside the ear may harm the ear canal too and initiate swimmer’s ear.
For getting rid of swimmer’s ear one may try simple home based remedies. Drop a few drops of white vinegar in one ear and leave it for five to seven minutes. Now drain it. Repeat two to three times a day for effective results.
Dryer can be used at minimum pressure for drying the water that might have clogged in the ears. This will heal the problem to a great extent also bring relief to the pain and swelling.
Another way through which swimmer’s ear can be treated is by warming some baby oil and pouring it through a dropper in the ears. It must be remembered that putting cotton balls after the process will help the oil stay in the ear for a prolonged period.
Take only a small quantity of apple cider vinegar and mix it with water now pour it in your ears after your cleanse your ear with plain water. This is also a way through which you can ditch swimmer’s ear.
Take little amount of water, white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Mix their equal parts. Now put a few drops of the solution in to your ear by using a dropper. Keep it inside the ear for not more than one and a half minute. Now drain it out and put small cotton balls in the ear to protect it from dust, loud sound and to let the solution take effect.
If these home-based remedies do not provide relief from swimmer’s ear, its time you visit an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) specialist. It is advised not to ignore such a problem as it may increase and hamper your hearing abilities.