Natural Remedies for Swimmer's Ear
Author: Dr John Anne
Swimmer's ear is an infection in the external part of ear or in ear canal. The problem is caused as the excess exposure of the ears to water. After the ear gets drenched the moisture gets in the water resistant layer of the skin and it starts to become soft and wrinkled. Then automatically, bacteria and fungi start to form on the surface of the exposed skin.
Symptoms-It would look itchy, and you'd notice there's very little earwax. It would feel moist and smell clammy from bacteria burrowing and tunneling into the skin.
Natural remedies-You can cure the problem with using some simple and useful nature based remedies as they have no side effects. If you have got the infection in your ear and the infection is mild, it can be treated with a few drops of white vinegar placed on the ear. Put just a few drops of vinegar in the ear and leave it in the ear canal for about 5 minutes or so before turning the ear down. This will drain the drops.
You can use the hair dryer to evaporate the water molecules in the ear. You should set it to warm and sway it across the ear as it blow dries your ear. The warm air will enable evaporation of any trapped water. You can hold your both nostrils closed and blow through your nose until you hear a pop. This will relieve you from the fullness of the ear.
You can heat 2 garlic cloves after removing its skin removed in two spoons of mustard oil till the garlic starts turning black. Sieve it and put 2-3 drops of this oil in the ear. This will provide you relief from the extreme pain. You can take a sock, fill it with salt and put it in the microwave until it is warm and put when it is tolerable to the body. Lay your head on it. This may drain the fluid out.
You can use over the counter antiseptic eardrops to get relief from pain. You can also make your own eardrops by mixing equal parts of alcohol and white vinegar. Warm the drops first. Leave them in the ear for a couple of minutes, and then tilt your head to let them drain out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Natural remedies for baby eczema?
My baby is 6 weeks old and exclusively breastfed, but has red, spotty, cracked, flaky, wrinkly, dry skin that my doctor has said is eczema. It started off like chapped skin on her cheeks about 3 weeks ago and has got worse and worse and spread to her whole face including eyelids, ears, neck and now her chest, cracks of her elbows and knees.
My doctor gave me aqueous cream for her, but my health visitor said not to use it as it now proven to affect some babies' skin and give them rashes!!!
I now (after this and other incidents) have little confidence in conventional medicine, but would appreciate any suggestions for alternative remedies availabIe in the UK that I can research to make her better, or at least reduce some discomfort, although she doesn't seem too bothered by it at present.
I am currently using Allergenics Intensive care cream (as recommended by a homeopath at my local health food shop) to moisturise, and have just cut dairy products from my own diet to see if it helps.
I've had eczema much of my life, so I feel for the baby.
I am concerned that because of your "health visitor" you won't try what the doctor said. ALL remedies can have adverse effects but you don't know for sure that this would happen with what the doctor prescribed without giving it a fair chance.
Here's a site that covers some issues that might help:
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Note navigation bars on left as it gives you areas to go to such as moisturizing and other self care.
This doctor seems suspicious of cow's milk for one thing (in YOUR diet):
My suggestion is to read up on eczema, pay particular attention to food issues, and change YOUR diet as though YOU had eczema and see if that helps. Make sure the baby has as few fragrances, etc. around. Keep well moisturized.
Personally, I think what is worth a go is this: olive oil. Put some on the affected areas. Olive oil doesn't block skin pores up and is used in many beauty products. Unless, God forbid, your poor child has an allergy to it, if you are using EVO--Extra Virgin Olive Oil--I can't see what the problem could be for the child. You'll need to be careful about it getting all over as it could be messy, but soft cotton should be washable and so long as it is given a fair chance (I'd say 2 weeks, apply at least twice a day--and remember just as adults should do PAT dry, don't RUB, skin so some moisture is left THEN apply the olive oil. As we're talking a baby, they'll rub it off more frequently than an adult who can better control what they're doing, so may be you need to do half dozen times a day for a while. One good sized bottle and some patience COULD pay off. I pray so.
I had decided to try olive oil myself when I heard a beauty expert on how it doesn't clog pores. Just bought a bottle yesterday but was too exhausted to try it (I'm very ill and fatigue easily). Can't wait to see if it works for me though to get back to you.
Help! Skin Condition!?
My husband has facial eczema, and its come to a point now that he can't stand it. He has gone to his GP and been prescribed medication cream, but it doesn't help, so were looking for a natural remedy.
His eczema is located in and around his ears, and on his eyebrows. Almost every day he can pull off a chunk of dried skin (like a scab) the full length of his eyebrow!
Can anyone help?!?! Does anyone know of a natural remedy we can find to help with this?!?
Thanks so much!!
my brother has it on his arms and once bought a balm from pikes place market in seattle for eczema. it had calendula in it. here is the link.
i also watched a video on the coastal scents website where this girl w/ eczema talks about her experience with the african black soap. it relieved her symptoms.
i really recommend that you check this out, i want to order it for my brother.