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, resolving swimmers ear without a trip to the doctor or a trip to the pharmacy is easy for those who choose to think outside the box and resolve the situation holistically.
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 to Eliminate Swimmers Ear FAST
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 no more than once or twice a day. The reason for this 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 swimmers ear.
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 an ear infection, colloidal silver almost always will clear it up quickly and safely without any drugs or antibiotics.
In the rare case where an ear infection such as 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