I grew up next to the bay, in Annapolis Maryland, and frequently my siblings and I got severe swimmer’s ear infections from swimming in the pool, or the bay which is notoriously dirty. We grew up knowing how to surf, and knew people who had boats, you name it, and we did it. Swimmer’s ear was a frequent thing in our house, and was probably an onset of severe hearing loss along with music lessons and practice killing our ear drums. For those of you with children or those who plan on swimming this summer I am here to prepare you for relief with swimmers ear.
What is Swimmers Ear?
According to Mayo Clinic:
Swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your head. It’s often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that aids bacterial growth.Putting fingers, cotton swabs or other objects in your ears also can lead to swimmer’s ear by damaging the thin layer of skin lining your ear canal. Swimmer’s ear is also known as otitis externa. The most common cause of this infection is bacteria invading the skin inside your ear canal. Usually you can treat swimmer’s ear with eardrops. Prompt treatment can help prevent complications and more-serious infections.
How can we naturally relieve the pain of swimmer’s ear?
Swimmer’s Ear Relief
- One teaspoon carrier oil
- One drop basil essential oil
- In a small glass or metal bowl, mix the carrier oil and essential oil
- Soak a cotton ball in the mixture, then place the cotton ball at the base of the ear canal. Leave it there for about fifteen minutes, and discard the cotton ball.
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