Swimmer's Ear:

 

• Swimmer's ear is the inflammation of the ear canal

• This occurs due to the entry of bacteria or fungi in the ear

 

Symptoms to look for:

 

• Loss of hearing

• Yellowish ear discharge

• Itching

• Pain in the ear

 

Causes:

 

• Prolonged exposure to contaminated water, usually during swimming

• Harsh chemicals in hair products like sprays, shampoos and dyes

• Cleaning ears with fingernails or sharp objects, which can damage the skin tissue

 

Natural home remedy using salt:

 

1. Salt is useful as it absorbs water from the ear.

2. Heat ¼ cup of salt

3. Wrap the salt in a handkerchief

4. Hold the cloth near the ear opening for 2-3 minutes

5. Do this 3 times everyday

 

Natural home remedy using garlic:

 

1. Garlic contains allicin, which has strong anti-bacterial properties

2. Put 1-2 drops of garlic in the affected ear

3. Repeat this 3 times a day

 

Tips:

 

• Before swimming apply oil inside the ears. This allows easy draining of water

• Use ear plugs to block entry of water