Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the skin that lines the ear canal. It is formally known as external otitis. A waxy, water-resistant coating usually protects the skin present inside the ear. Bacteria which are normally present on the surface of the skin has no effect until they do not get space inside.
If there is a break in the skin’s normal barrier, these bacteria can slip inside the skin and caused an infection which is known as external otitis or swimmer’s ear. If the ear remains wet for a long period than the moisture penetrates the water-resistant layer and the skin becomes so soft. Bacteria can easily move into this soft skin. Swimmer’s ear can also the result of spending time in desert conditions due to dry skin. Swimmer’s ear will usually disappear within 2 to 3 days of treatment.
What are the symptoms of swimmer’s ear?
People with swimmer’s ear usually complain of an itchy and painful ear. The earwax may appear soft and white in color, and there may be a small amount of clear discharge. Sometimes hearing is also decreased during swimmer’s ear.
Natural treatment for swimmer’s ear
Swimmer’s ear can be treated with a few drops of white vinegar placed inside the ears provided that the ear drums are normal and flawless.Put the vinegar in one ear and leave it for about five minutes before turning that ear down in order to drain the white vinegar solution. Repeat this process twice a day for three days. Some doctors recommend a similar solution using rubbing alcohol and white vinegar.
How can swimmer’s ear be prevented?