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How To Cure Swimmers Ear Fast
Also known as otitis externa, this is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more
What is swimmers ear? If you apply antibiotic in your ear will it cure? How long does it take? But you don't apply, what would happen?
Not permanent: Swimmer's ear describes infection of the external auditory canal. While the infection can be chronic and recurrent, particularly in swimmers and those who tend to get water or moisture in their ear canals, it is not a "permanent" disease. ...Read more
Vinegar & alcohol: Use a solution of 1/2 white vinegar, and 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Place 5-10 drops in each ear after swimming, lying on each side for 5-10 minutes. If you feel you have an infection, use the drops 4 times a day. The alcohol dries the ear canal, and the white vinegar maintains a healthy acid/base balance (pH) to prevent infection. ...Read more
Swimmer's ear or wax: Swimmer's ear is inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal. It can be treated with drops; it is reasonable to try vinegar drops first before obtaining a prescription drop. If the ear is completely blocked, however, it could be from impacted wax. This can be softened with hydrogen peroxide then flushed out with warm water. If neither treatment works, see your doctor! ...Read more
Swimmers ear: If you have a smelly discharge from your ear, it may and I emphasize it may indicate swimmers ear. Also if gently tug on the pinnacle of the ear and you elicit pain it's a good bet that you have swimmers ear. ...Read more
Steroids: Once the ear gets inflammed a topical steroid and antibiotic combination will help to make you feel better fast. See your physician to get treated. To prevent this in the future you can use a 1:1 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar and put that in your ear after swimming and bathing. ...Read more
Yes: Although acute swimmers ear may need antibiotic drops, it may be prevented by making sure ears are kept dry, isopropyl alcohol drops after water contamination, and several drops white table vinegar each ear at bedtime to maintain acid level in ear canal which helps prevent infection. Must make sure no hole in ear drum. ...Read more
The unavoidable: Generally swimmer's ear can occur in people who clean their ears too frequently with q-tips, swimming in unsanitary water but can also happen for reasons that we don't always understand. Keep your ears dry after swimming, watch for alerts of high bacterial counts in the water, protect your ears from irritants like hairsprays or hair dyes, avoid cleaning eras with hard objects to prevent scratches. ...Read more
Avoid any further trauma to the ear
do not attempt to remove visible debris or drainage from the ear
stop swimming or exposure to water until the condition improves
apply heat to the ear to control the pain at home
try a over-the-counter pain medicines such as Aspirin Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen
nonprescription ear drops are not usually strong enough to cure the problem.
Consult your doctor. ...Read more
Ear drops are needed for 7 days provided they are put properly, pulling the ear, holding the drops in for 20 minutes and tilting head properly on opposite side. At the most it should take 2 weeks after which it should be reevaluated.
Any worsening of symptoms during that time should be immediately reevaluated, since complication are common esp in diabetics. ...Read more
Otitis Externa: The medical term is otitis externa caused by an accumulation of ear wax in the canal. You can get an over-the-counter ear wax remover that will due wonders on swimmers ear because swimmers ear is just earwax that has expanded from moisture and may sometimes be associated with bacterial overgrowth behind the waxy plug. Once removed it brings great relief. ...Read more
Yes, but...: ... The chemistry of the ocean may irritate further the bad ear and either slow the healing process or make it worse. ...Read more
Alcohol and vinegar: Alcohol and vinegar in equal parts is the classic recipe from lakeside summer camps. The alcohol disinfects the ear, displaces the water, and evaporates quickly at body temperature. The vinegar restores the normal acidic pH of the skin and prevent fungal growth. Do not use any over the counter drops if you may have a perforated eardrum or a tube in the ear. ...Read more
Ear popping: Occurs when there is a change in the air pressure on one side of ear drum. The ear drum (tympanic membrane) is a thin flexible membrane, and changes in pressure on either side can cause it to move abruptly causing the "pop" you experience. Swimmer's ear causes swelling in the ear canal which affects the air pressure on the outside of the ear drum. ...Read more
7-10 days: The hearing is decreased because of the swelling in the ear canal. Once the infection starts clearing the swelling goes down and your hearing improves ...Read more
Inflammation: Is the cause of swimmers ear. The skin gets wet and boggy and inflamed and it could bleed from that or if he picks it at all it could bleed. If he had a middle ear infection as well and the eardrum perforated it could bleed. None of these are terrible problems. If you are concerned it is always a good idea to have it checked out. ...Read more
May need a wick:
If your ear is not feeling better and you are having trouble getting the drops in properly, you may need one or both of the following:
1. There may be a lot of debris (moist dead skin cells, fungus, etc) that needs to be cleaned out of the ear canal (typically by an ENT).
2. You may need a wick: a small sponge placed in the ear canal to absorb drops and "wick" them deep where they need to go. ...Read more
Avoid ear plugs: Until the swimmers ear is cleared up, avoid putting anything in the ear canal ...Read more
I have swimmers ear and have to take ear drops for 5 days but u can't swim for 7 days why can't I swim after 5?
Had swimmers ear last month, have again. Ciprodex $50. Have a lot left from last time - bottle never touched ear. Not expired. Safe to use?
Yes except....: I've treated a lot of people for middle ear infections that thought they had swimmers ear. If you have enough drops left for full course then you can try it but don't under treat. Keep ears dry during showers and no swimming until it clears up. If not improving in 2-3 days see your doctor to confirm diagnosis. And possible ear culture. If in doubt of diagnosis, see doc first before treatment. ...Read more
I have swimmers ear. I've had a wick in for the past 5 days. My ear is starting to feel better. Can I take the wick out or wait for my FU appt in 3days?
Leave it alone: Please let the doctor remove it. You'll feel so much better after the treatment ...Read more