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. The others experience 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. The size of the ear canal is possibly a contributing factor as well.
The conventional approach for resolving swimmers ear involves a trip to the pharmacy to obtain over the counter ear drops. While these products help to free trapped water in the ear, they do not always resolve the infection. The drops definitely don’t help the pain accompanying the condition either.
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. No trip to the doctor or to the pharmacy is necessary for those who choose to resolve the situation holistically.
Here is the swimmer’s 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 health food stores. It consists of tiny silver particles suspended in a liquid.
The remarkable antibiotic nature of silver has been known for centuries. In the early 1900s, 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 colloidal silver drops dripped into the affected ear using a standard eyedropper. Within a few minutes, the 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. A towel gently pressed against the ear to catch the liquid is a good idea. Do not use this treatment in conjunction with an ear wax removal candle.
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. I used 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 bacteria in the ear canal as well and might even trigger a sensation of vertigo temporarily.
If you find yourself using colloidal silver more than occasionally inside the ear, try using allicin infused garlic oil instead. This will provide similar anti-microbial benefits without any damage to the tissue flora.
Colloidal Silver Works for Other Types of Ear Infections as Well
Colloidal silver also works incredibly well for other types of ear infections too.
Unlike antibiotics which only work on bacterial infections, colloidal silver is a broad spectrum antimicrobial. This means that it works against viruses and fungus too, not just bacteria.
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.
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Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. Her work is dedicated to helping families effectively incorporate the principles of ancestral diets within the modern household. She is a sought after lecturer around the world for conferences, summits, and podcasts.
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