Fast and Easy Swimmers Ear Home Remedy

by Sarah Natural RemediesComments: 65

swimmers ear home remedy

The information in this article will no doubt save you a trip to the doctor and even the pharmacy if you are looking for a fast, easy swimmers ear home remedy.

Swimmers ear, or otitis externa, is an infection in the canal between the outer ear and the eardrum.  It is very painful and is usually triggered by water that enters the ear canal during bathing or swimming.

It can also be caused by cleaning the ear too vigorously or by an infected hair follicle.

Some people seem to be more prone to swimmers ear than others. In my own family, one of my children seems to be particularly susceptible to this type of infection after swimming while another experiences no problems at all even if swimming for the same length of time in the exact same place.

As a result, genetics seems to play a role in the predisposition to this type of infection, with the size of the ear canal possibly a contributing factor.

The conventional approach for resolving swimmers ear would typically involve a trip to the pharmacy to obtain over the counter ear drops. While these products help to free trapped water in the ear, it does not always resolve the infection and it definitely doesn’t help the pain accompanying the condition.

If the infection does not resolve with over the counter medication, a trip to the doctor would be necessary to obtain antibiotic ear drops that can also help numb the pain.

Fortunately, it is easy to use a swimmers ear home remedy to resolve the situation without a trip to the doctor or to the pharmacy for those who choose to think outside the box and resolve the situation holistically.

Here is the swimmers ear home remedy that you need to have in your home medicine cabinet at all times.

Colloidal Silver: The Safe, Nontoxic Alternative to Antibiotics 

Colloidal silver is a product that is easily and cheaply obtained at many healthfood stores. It consists of tiny silver particles suspended in liquid.

The remarkable antibiotic nature of silver has been known for centuries. In the early 1900’s, the founder of Searle Pharmaceuticals, Alfred Searle, wrote in his book The Use of Colloids in Health and Disease:

“Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results…it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.”

In the 1970’s, Dr. Robert O. Becker at Syracuse Medical University began to intensively research colloidal silver.  He discovered that silver not only kills bacteria, but it actually killed bacteria that were resistant to all known antibiotics with no undesirable side effects!

Moreover, unlike prescription antibiotics, pathogens do not become resistant or immune to silver over time.  It even has the ability to eradicate antibiotic resistant microbes like MRSA.  This is because colloidal silver doesn’t poison the microbes like antibiotics do, but rather smothers them by adhering to their cell walls and inhibiting their enzyme production.

Using Colloidal Silver as a Swimmers Ear Home Remedy

Using colloidal silver for a swimmers ear home remedy is so ridiculously easy, you will be relieved.

All that is required is a few drops of colloidal silver dripped into the affected ear using a standard eyedropper.  Within a few minutes, pain usually begins to subside and within a few hours the infection as well.

Having the child lay on her side for about five minutes after the colloidal silver enters the ear canal works well to allow the solution to begin its work killing the pathogens that are causing the infection.

After a few minutes, the ear can be drained by simply turning the head in the opposite direction with a towel gently pressed against the ear to catch the liquid.

My youngest child recently suffered from swimmers ear to the point where the infection even caused her to spike a fever.  Just a few drops of colloidal silver in her ear almost completely resolved the infection overnight with a second dose the following morning to ensure complete recovery by the end of the following day.

Make sure to use no more than 3 drops of colloidal silver in the ear canal when using as a swimmers ear home remedy no more than once or twice a day.  The reason for caution is that using too much can actually negatively affect the beneficial bacterial in the ear canal as well and might even trigger a sensation of vertigo temporarily.

Colloidal Silver Works for Other Types of Ear Infections as Well

Colloidal silver also works incredibly well for other types of ear infections too, not just as a swimmers ear home remedy.

Unlike antibiotics which only work on bacterial infections, colloidal silver is a broad spectrum antimicrobial so that it works against not only bacteria, but also viruses and even fungus!

Regardless of what is causing the problem, colloidal silver as a swimmers ear home remedy or for other types of ear infections almost always will resolve the situation quickly and safely without any drugs or antibiotics.

In the rare case where an ear infection or swimmers ear does not respond to colloidal silver within a day or two, be sure to seek  the professional advice of a trusted healthcare provider as soon as possible.


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sources and More Information

Action Hero Moms Treat Ear Infections Naturally

Ear Candling

Why I Never Swallow Colloidal Silver

The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics

Colloidal Silver: Healing Ear Infections the Safe, Easy Way

New Guidelines for Safe Usage of Colloidal Silver

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Comments (65)

  • Trisha

    When my kids get an ear infection, I always use lavender, tea tree, and oregano diluted in a carrier oil and dripped into their ears. It has always worked- usually overnight. (Kids commonly get inner ear infections, but this is something different, who knew?). my usual essential oil arsenal did not help me, I have been suffering from “swimmers ear” for 6 days and it’s terrible. my ear canal is swollen shut, I can’t chew due to swelling, and i’ve been in tears from the pain. urgi-care gave me antibiotics and steroid drops which aren’t helping much. An ENT can’t see me for 2 days, so I’ll try the colloidal silver. wish I had known this earlier.

    July 6th, 2016 2:45 pm Reply
  • Angie

    I’ve used Colloidal Silver many times in my neti pot for sinus infections & irritations, but have not tried it for ear infections yet. I usually use hydrogen peroxide for ear infections. Just a few drops of 3% peroxide, the kind you find at your local drugstore. Just lay down on your side & have someone put it in your ear with a dropper, let it fizz for a few minutes, then turn over and do the other ear. Stops an ear infection in it’s tracks. This was recommended to me by an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist when I was a child, after suffering many painful ear infections. It works every time. Next time I’ll try the Colloidal Silver though, thank for the tip!

    June 21st, 2014 10:56 am Reply
  • robinakagoatmom

    Grew up in S. FL in the ocean or pools all the time. Our parents used a drop of 200 proof clear grain alcohol in each ear. Wasn’t legal in FL but bought for 5-8 dollars in Ga. We never had swimmers ear or any other ear infection. Used on my daughter growing up, still have that bottle. The only time she had an ear infection was after a week of camp, they would not use even if my Pediatrician gave them a note. Has anyone else ever used this option?

    June 21st, 2014 10:37 am Reply
  • Austin

    Good Afternoon,

    Although Colloidal Silver is often recommended to fight off infections, the GAPS diet does not approve of it. Any thoughts on the matter? I wanted to try apply it topically to remove scalp folliculitis but GAPS did not recommend it?

    Any advice on the matte would be greatly apreciated


    March 24th, 2014 8:42 pm Reply
    • Jen

      GAPS author, Dr Campbell-McBride recommends probiotic powder on the back of the tongue after brushing your teeth, before bed. No drink or anything else should follow the powder- you want it to sit on the tongue while you go to sleep. It gets into the inner ear and sinuses this way, and will knock out the infection and prevent new ones. We’ve used it to great effect.

      June 5th, 2014 11:52 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Colloidal silver is fine on the GAPS diet if used externally as described in this article. It’s just not to be used internally because of disruption to the gut flora.

      June 21st, 2014 10:23 am Reply
  • Elaine murphy

    Just want to highlight on web sites that tells you about useing the nebuilzer with the silver.the web sites are.( and just to let you know I use this for my self and I am very pleased.i bought mine from the silver lungs that came with the nebuilzer.!!

    December 16th, 2013 1:19 pm Reply
  • Susan P.

    Has anyone ever used CS in a nebulizer? Someone in the healthfood market wellness section swore by it for nagging upper respiratory cough and congestion with kids? She was very clear that she uses an extremely low dose and only daily for a week or less. Haven’t been able to find anything reliable. This appears to be pretty controversial. For what is worth we have good success with using warm garlic/mullein flower infused oil for ear infections. We do it every couple hours for a few minutes at a time at the first complaint of discomfort. Remember though that the infection is the symptom of something bigger. With my daughter it was dairy. She had 9 ear infection from the ages of 3 months to 12 months and tubes at 13 months. As soon as one fell out 9 months later is became infected again. The doc wanted to reinsert the tubes but we opted to try dairy free first. She just turned 5 and got her first infection since then 2 weeks ago when we were at Disney and our options for food were limited. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the extra sugar exposure and I am sure dairy somewhere we didn’t know about got the best of her.

    December 15th, 2013 9:22 pm Reply
  • Angela

    I took my 4 yr old daughter to the doctor last night and she has an ear infection, I am really interested in trying the silver instead of the antibiotics on her for a couple of reasons; she also has MRSA. She isn’t sick from the MRSA right now, it has been dormant for 2 years now. I have never given her anything except what her dr prescribes so I don’t know what I am doing. She weighs 34 lbs. please someone tell me exactly what to get, how much to give her and anything else I need to know… Thank you SOOO much !!

    December 10th, 2013 6:19 am Reply
  • Rusty

    I was amazed when I used some drops of Silver 100 (100ppm) in a troubled ear.
    I’m 71 years old and have had a problem with water becoming trapped behind ear wax resulting in infection for years.

    The amazing thing was I could hear the drops fizzing in my ear.
    That is usually a sign the wax is dissolving.
    I flushed with the conventional warm water syringe and a huge bunch of wax was dislodged.
    It’s been years since I could hear anything out of that ear.

    All this dialog confirms my experience. Thanks for posting.

    PS: Lintbell silver solution is sold in the UK for pets ears.

    December 2nd, 2013 2:56 pm Reply
  • Wax Vac

    Thanks for this post about “swimmer’s ear.” It does seem like some research suggests some people may be more prone to this condition than others.

    August 27th, 2013 11:39 am Reply
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  • Julie

    Thanks for the awesome tip! We have one suffering from swimmer’s ear right now and my medicine-man hubby was about to prescribe antibiotic drops for him (which I have seen repeatedly ineffective for this kind of thing). I asked him to give me a chance with my “hocus pocus” as he fondly refers to it, and….PRESTO! He is a believer. Pain subsided in 5 minutes and wounded soldier is off to his hockey game. :)

    June 18th, 2013 5:23 pm Reply
  • Tricia

    We use a mixture of Tea Tree Oil and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for ear pain. Works every time.

    April 23rd, 2013 10:37 am Reply
    • Char

      what is that mixture tricia?
      thanks, char

      August 4th, 2013 11:22 pm Reply
  • Natalie

    Is colloidal silver same as the sovereign silver? I recently used the sovereign silver for my sons ear pain/infection, I used a few other things too, so not sure what worked, but I’m sure it helped since the next day he was fine. So, are the two exactly the same?

    April 23rd, 2013 2:11 am Reply
  • Sjondi

    Thanks for the info about ear pain and silver! We have also used silver as a pain reliever for a sore throat. Just gargle with it and the pain would subside. Great stuff!

    April 22nd, 2013 10:59 pm Reply
  • Makenna

    Love silver. Have used it many times on ear infections with puss oozing out. 1 or 2 times and its over! Pink eye too.

    April 22nd, 2013 11:52 am Reply
    • Char

      Makenna, How much in each eye? What brand and what ml? I have 118.28ml on hand. I’ve got a granddaughter w/ pink eye right now. Thanks!

      August 4th, 2013 11:24 pm Reply
  • Annette Smith

    Back in January you wrote about ear candling and stated that since not allowing pasteurised dairy in your home you had never had ear infection issues in your children. What changed since then, that might have had an impact, that now you have one child who gets them when swimming?

    April 20th, 2013 7:58 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      That post was actually over a year ago. Yes, pasteurized dairy contributes to middle ear infections … totally difference from swimmers ear which is external.

      Nothing has changed … my children don’t get the typical middle ear infections. The chronic ear infections that plague many children that cause them to need tubes in their ears is frequently caused by from consumption of pasteurized dairy and/or modern refined wheat in processed foods. Sugar plays a role too.

      April 21st, 2013 2:48 pm Reply
  • Roselle

    Gracious, I wish my family had known about this during my childhood. My sibling and I constantly suffered from painful ear infections, and I will never forget the time when blood ran out of one of my sibling’s ears because of the severity of the infection there. We were so sick and stressed, and my parents didn’t know, then, not to trust medical doctors and pharmaceuticals. All the ear drops and eye drops they bought for us….

    Anyway–I did not know colloidal silver could be used this way, so I am very grateful for this information. Thank you for sharing.

    April 20th, 2013 5:10 pm Reply
  • Amber Power via Facebook

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    April 20th, 2013 3:36 pm Reply
  • Nikki

    Isopropyl Alcohol or “rubbing alchohol” is a deadly poison. It penetrates the skin and crosses the blood brain barrier instantly carrying toxins and pathogens into
    areas of the body where they cannot normally travel. Dr. H. Clark gives us the microbiological explanation in her books. One should never use isopropol
    or “rubbing alchol in any form. I raised my children putting olive oil that had a freshly
    cut garlic clover soaked in it any time their ears seemed to be troubling them and after
    swimming at amusement swim parks. Because silver kills all bacteria including beneficial-I save the silver for dire situations that cannot be handled by garlic/oregano/raw milk.
    If you need a substitute for isopropyl-use grain alchohol.

    April 20th, 2013 11:01 am Reply
    • Char

      Nikki, what exactly is the mixture of olive oil and garlic? I have read many times to do this but have never seen any measurements and how much in each ear. I’d appreciate your feedback. I always have garlic and organic EVO on hand.

      August 4th, 2013 11:27 pm Reply
  • Rebecca C

    I actually bought this for the first time last week. I found that the colloidal silver is sold in mixtures of parts per million. The bottle shown is 10 ppm. The one I bought was 25 ppm. Some bottles at the store were something like 225 ppm. I understand the low ppm is what is recommended for ears and eyes.

    April 20th, 2013 12:46 am Reply
    • Wendy

      Good point. Thanks.

      April 20th, 2013 6:47 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Zint via Facebook

    I have seen 1 person who used his own mixture of colloidal silver and his skin was tinted blue -but he took it ORALLY and mixed his own batches –seems like a good reputable already made product would be preferable for ear use or oral use -it does work so well

    April 19th, 2013 9:48 pm Reply
  • Lacey

    I use aloe vera juice, not just for swimmer’s ear, but for all ear infections. It has never failed me. I drop 2-3 drops in my child’s ear and have them stay laying down for a bit, 3 times a day until it’s gone. It really helps with the itching and the hotness. it usually only takes one day. It depends on how bad the infection is to begin with.

    April 19th, 2013 7:30 pm Reply
  • Lori Jax via Facebook

    I’ve used wild oregano oil…works great.

    April 19th, 2013 4:16 pm Reply
  • Brenda Martaindale McKillip Basinger via Facebook

    When I carried my child to the doctor (years ago) for swimmers ear he told me that after my child went swimming to put one drop of alcohol in each ear and it would help dry and kill any bacteria there.

    April 19th, 2013 4:15 pm Reply
  • Jill Lillis via Facebook

    Colloidal silver works on EVERYTHING. Even the flu. Best brands: Utopia Silver and Mesosilcer.

    April 19th, 2013 4:02 pm Reply
  • Garney Barnes via Facebook

    The only thing we use… for yrs.. Feel free to ask the customer service agent.. Safe for pregnant women too .. Great product fo all that swims!!

    April 19th, 2013 3:09 pm Reply
  • Tanya Monteith Paulsen via Facebook

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    April 19th, 2013 2:58 pm Reply
  • Sheilagh Erlewein via Facebook

    most parents run to the doctor,then have tubes put in their kids ears…..wish more parents were like you, finding another way….a safer way…good for you and your child…

    April 19th, 2013 1:21 pm Reply
  • Kathleen Williams via Facebook

    Oh I wish my mom would have known about this!! I was plagued by swimmer’s ear as a kid…not a summer went by that I didn’t get it at least once. So painful!!

    April 19th, 2013 1:02 pm Reply
  • Jeannine Dailey Shaskas via Facebook

    I use supernatural silver. Great for pink eye as well.

    April 19th, 2013 12:44 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    My siblings and I were all on the swim team growing up. We suffered through ear infections until my mom started putting a few drops of vinegar in our ears after every practice. It worked like a charm!

    Also, I remember seeing an Oprah about five years ago where a man turned himself blue from colloidal silver. Crazy!

    April 19th, 2013 12:41 pm Reply
    • Rebecca C

      you have to be taking ALOT of colloidal silver to get argyria. i remember seeing that guy in the news too, not sure why he was taking so much, but he was blue as a smurf

      April 19th, 2013 10:32 pm Reply
  • Georgette Coleman via Facebook

    Josh N’ Courtney Smiley this is some really neat information.

    April 19th, 2013 12:39 pm Reply
  • Vicki Steen Hynes via Facebook

    We just use coconut oil here. Just a dab in the the ear that is hurting….. A friend of mine introduced this method to me and it works great! :)

    April 19th, 2013 12:28 pm Reply
  • L.Z.

    Thank you for sharing! We usually use organic oil of oregano diluted 1:5 with unrefined organic extra virgin olive oil. It also works amazingly well and every single time.

    April 19th, 2013 12:02 pm Reply
  • Rachel Reagan via Facebook

    So timely! I just found out an hour ago the reason for my daughter’s fever was an ear infection! And Dr sent antibiotics to the pharmacy! I don’t want to use them. I was gonna search for a natural solution when I saw this on my feed! Thank you!

    April 19th, 2013 11:48 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Valerie Lefebvre Collins not if you just use a few drops externally as described in the post. If you use too much you can cause temporary vertigo which is why just a few drops is recommended for only a day or two.

    April 19th, 2013 11:37 am Reply
    • Jessica

      Hello Sarah,

      I have heard a lot about nano silver and am wondering what your opinion is on it versus colloidal silver. Anything you have to share would be appreciated. Thanks!

      April 22nd, 2013 12:47 am Reply
  • Linda Huber via Facebook

    It’s the #1 standby in our house.

    April 19th, 2013 11:36 am Reply
  • Jodi S

    We have used colloidal silver in our children’s ears for years, and it always works. I think once or twice, my baby (now 2.5) has had an ear infection with pus and for whatever reason the silver did not work. But I still go to it as a first remedy!!

    April 19th, 2013 11:35 am Reply
    • rich gris

      silver accumulates in the body.

      September 3rd, 2013 7:03 pm Reply
  • Pat Chapman Patterson-Ryburn via Facebook

    Narrow ear channels are an inherited trait…and often cause ear infections.

    April 19th, 2013 11:33 am Reply
  • Randy Robbins via Facebook

    I’ve been told by multiple friends in the medical field including doctors, nurses, and pharmacist to avoid using colloidal silver. They see people all the time with ailments after using it. It can cause skin tissue damage (your skin can turn blue or gray), seizures, brain damage, headaches, stomach problems, and it can also have bad interactions with both OTC and prescription medications. They have all said that there are much better and natural probiotics availble that are more readily accepted by the cells within your body. I think the use of running alcohol and peroxide along with using certain essential oils is a much safer path. You may be able to use colloidal silver without issue but I would definitely do research before taking it and especially giving it to kids. After getting this advice from friends, I did some digging and threw out what we had in our house.

    April 19th, 2013 11:31 am Reply
    • Wendy

      I don’t see a problem with using CS for pinkeye, toothaches (holding a few drops against the sore area for 10 minutes) or ear infections, as these more “topical” applications could never cause the problems you described. I’ve also had excellent results with each of these in my family.
      I don’t usually use it internally, as I prefer to let colds, fevers, etc., run their course (I’ve never had a serious bacteria problem that garlic couldn’t whip, either), but I’ve also looked into these concerns over the years because I was curious. Here are several guidelines anyone ought to consider when taking CS internally:
      –You should NOT take it with chlorinated water. Manufacturing of colloidal silver with salt or chlorine present is a BIG problem. A naturopath I know stated that every freak case with gray skin was tied to one or both of these (usually in production, as in cheap foreign or homemade CS made by someone who didn’t know to use plain water). Many of those cases also involved huge or too frequent doses.
      –Smaller particle size is important. If it’s small enough it will do the job and not deposit where it shouldn’t, right? Look into that.
      –Colloidal Silver kills bacteria that do NOT like oxygen (anaerobic), not so much those that like it (aerobic), but some experts recommend NOT taking it with food, thus allowing it to enter the bloodstream quickly near the beginning of the digestive process, rather than later and more slowly with food.

      April 20th, 2013 6:45 pm Reply
  • Jean Heishman Grant via Facebook

    dosage of silver (ionic or colloidal) based on body weight, calculation guidelines ~

    April 19th, 2013 11:21 am Reply
  • Melissa Walker Carter via Facebook

    When I was a Girl Scout, I remember after we got out of the bay our GS leaders would immediately put a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide in our ears. Not the greatest thing in the world, but the peroxide bubbled the crud out and the alcohol dried the rest of it up. None of us ever got swimmer’s ear.

    April 19th, 2013 11:15 am Reply
    • Dana

      Similarly, we just put a few drops of alcohol in the ear if it becomes bothersome. Always works.

      April 20th, 2013 10:38 am Reply
    • Serene in Singapore

      Yes, that is what I did with my dd who always had swimmer’s ear after her weekly swimming lesson. Whenever I am diligent about doing that, she never had it. But if I got distracted and forgot, it will appear!

      April 20th, 2013 11:08 am Reply
  • Alexey Zilber via Facebook

    For those who can’t get colloidal silver or have it on hand, I’ve used the following recipe to get rid of an ear infection caused by candling, as well as my cat’s ear infection: ‘Mix equal parts water, peroxide, and white vinegar. Use an eye dropper to put a few drops in ear. Let it stay in the ear for a minute. Tip head to let the solution drain.’

    April 19th, 2013 11:14 am Reply
  • Valerie Lefebvre Collins via Facebook

    I’ve never tried colloidal silver. Any side effects?

    April 19th, 2013 11:14 am Reply
  • Janelle Adams via Facebook

    I used ionic silver on my 3 year old for a ear infection with a fever and it worked!! Everyone needs to keep a bottle of this on hand at all times .

    April 19th, 2013 11:06 am Reply
    • rich gris

      Silver accumulates in the body.

      September 3rd, 2013 7:02 pm Reply
  • Betsy Morgan Clark via Facebook

    Us too!!! Good for almost everything! :)

    April 19th, 2013 11:04 am Reply
  • Shay MacMullin via Facebook

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    April 19th, 2013 11:01 am Reply
  • Lindsey

    Great tip! We try not to overdo colloidal silver at our house, but it really does the trick for pinkeye and contact lens related issues. Great stuff in moderation!

    April 19th, 2013 10:57 am Reply
  • Kathy Tavormina via Facebook

    Love colloidial silver

    April 19th, 2013 10:56 am Reply
  • Paul Hardiman via Facebook

    I got it back when I was much younger. I applied vinegar and let it soak in. It worked.

    April 19th, 2013 10:54 am Reply
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