Swimmer’s ear, also known as otitis externa, occurs when the canal that joins the eardrum to the outer ear becomes inflamed, resulting in pain. Although it can happen after swimming, it can even occur from just spending time in the elements, and some people may be more prone to swimmer’s ear because of their outside jobs. It’s an uncomfortable issue to have to deal with on a consistent basis. Getting rid of it should be a priority for anyone suffering from it. Several home remedies can provide relief for swimmer’s ear.
White Vinegar. White vinegar is easily found in many homes because it’s used for cleaning and cooking. However, it can also be used as a remedy for swimmer’s ear. A solution that is one part white vinegar to one part alcohol can be applied. Only a few drops are needed. The alcohol will evaporate, along with water in the ear, while the acidity of the vinegar prevents bacteria and fungi from growing. If rubbing alcohol is too drying, the vinegar can be mixed with water. This is one home remedy where apple cider vinegar is not a good substitution for regular vinegar, so stick to the white vinegar.