A Remedy For Swimmers Ear

A Remedy For Swimmers Ear

5 Home Remedies for Swimmer’s Ear

From How Stuff Works

Anyone that has spent any time around a swimming pool knows the irritating situation in which one finds themselves when water enters and stays in one’s ear.  For most, this is a temporary annoyance followed by the joyful happenstance of the water finally exiting the ear and provoking the “hurrah!” response from the afflicted party.  For others, the water can turn into a dangerous infection known as Swimmer’s ear.  According to this post from How Stuff Works, Swimmer’s ear is caused by either a fungus or bacteria that grows in the outer ear canal due to the water that was present there.  The post goes on to provide 5 home remedies for curing swimmer’s ear, which will definitely come in handy to those that spend alot of time in and around water.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The water, the sun, plenty of swimming and splashing around — to many people, these are the ingredients for a perfect summer day spent by the pool or at the beach. Add a painful ear infection to the picture, however, and the scenario quickly slides downhill. That’s what can happen to you if swimmer’s ear strikes, unless you know what home remedies can prevent it.

Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the outer ear canal caused sometimes by fungus but most commonly by bacteria. The frequent, prolonged exposure to water that occurs when someone swims regularly can wash away the oily, waxy substance that normally lines and protects the ear canal. In addition, even after the swimmer leaves the pool or pond, water can remain in the ear canal, creating a warm, moist environment that’s perfect for breeding bacteria.

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