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6 Best Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Swimmer’s Ear

August 20, 2019

6 Best Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Swimmer’s
Ear Ever heard of swimmer’s ear? That’s the infection of the outer ear canal,
in the tube that connects the ear to the eardrum. The medical term for it is otitis externa. The main cause for this infection is when
the water left in the ear canal after swimming, bathing, or showering grows bacteria. A fungus or virus can also cause infection,
but that is less common. Other things that cause this infection are
using headphones or hearing aids too often, over- cleaning of the outer ear canal, hair
spray or hair dyes, and an allergy from jewelry. The mildest symptoms for swimmer’s ear infection
are swelling, redness, pain or discomfort, pus or fluid discharge, itching, and muted
hearing. What do you do to ease pain for a mild infection? Here are some ways to lessen the infection
and allow the ear canal to heal. • White Vinegar
The acid in vinegar helps kill the bacteria in the ear, cleaning out the infection. This makes it one of the best cures for swimmer’s
ear. • Mix an equal amount of white vinegar and
rubbing alcohol in a bowl. • Lie on your side with the infected ear
facing up. • Put 2-3 drops of the mixture in your ear,
using a dropper. • Keep it in for five minutes, then sit
up and tilt your head to let the mix drip out of your ear. • Do this 2- 3 times a day. • Warm Compresses
Try a warm compress if you see a pus build up or a fluid discharge from your hurt ear. This will help because the heat will help
the fluid drain and ease the pain. • Start by soaking a washcloth in hot water
and then squeezing out the extra water. Place the compress on the infected ear for
two minutes, and then tilt your head to let the fluid drain. Take a ten minute break and do it again if
needed. • Another way to do this is to wrap a heating
pad in a towel and put it on your bed. Lie with your infected air on the heating
pad for a few minutes. Do this as many times as needed. • Hydrogen Peroxide
Because hydrogen peroxide is a natural bacteria killer, it is a great way to dry out the fluid
in the ear and cure this infection. • Buy 3 % hydrogen peroxide. • Lie down and put 3- 4 drops in the infected
ear, using a dropper. • Stay in that position for a few minutes. • Sit up and tilt your head to let the fluid
drain from your ear. • Do this a few of times a day. • Garlic
Garlic is another great way to cure ear infections. This is because it kills the bacteria that
cause the infection and lessens the pain that comes with it. To use garlic
• Crush a few garlic cloves and mix them with two tablespoons of olive oil. Heat the oil until the garlic turns brown. Use 2- 4 drops in the infected ear. Do this one or two times a day. • To help the cure, eat two to three raw
garlic cloves a day. Note: do not use garlic oil if you have fluid
draining from your ear. • Onion Juice
According to Ayurveda, a good idea for treating ear infection is onion juice. This is because the juice kills bacteria and
lessens pain very soon after it’s used. • Squeeze the juice from one small onion. • Heat the juice in the microwave for a
few seconds. • Put two or three drops of warm juice in
your ear. • Leave it for five minutes, and then tilt
your head to let the fluid drain. • Do two to three times a day. • Holy Basil
Another idea suggested by Ayurveda is holy basil. Because it kills bacteria, it helps fight
the ear infection and soothe the pain. It also helps treat fluid discharge. • Squeeze the juice from four or five basil
leaves. • Heat the juice slightly, until it is lukewarm. • Lie down and put two or three drops in
your ear. • After five minutes, sit up and tilt your
head to let the fluid drain from your ear. • Do this two times a day.


  • Reply Alisa mitchell June 3, 2017 at 11:18 am

    me too i have it now

  • Reply Kaydeon Bynum June 13, 2017 at 2:57 am


  • Reply paintball_ kid22 June 24, 2017 at 3:22 am


  • Reply I am a Person 9553833 June 27, 2017 at 3:09 am

    ARGH I'm in so much pain with this ear

  • Reply GamePossess 01 June 28, 2017 at 4:00 am

    the swimmer ear hurts a lot!

  • Reply GamePossess 01 June 30, 2017 at 8:02 am

    it Hurst SO MUCH!!!!!! in the morning it hurts regularly but at night it get worst!!!!!!! =c

  • Reply Paxman July 7, 2017 at 3:44 am

    I am suffering so hard Please help none of these worked for me

  • Reply Darius Windmon July 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I'm 15 and got swimmers ear a few days ago and it hurts so bad, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy

  • Reply Mr. spatula July 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I'm suffering while she is explaining what it is pls help me

  • Reply Catsinabanana July 23, 2017 at 12:04 am

    I had it in my right ear now its in left It really hurts I'm deaf in my left ear luckily I can kinda hear out of it I was also deaf in my right ear this really sucks

  • Reply ruby August 3, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I'm actually gonna die, Just went to the hospital and they did nothing.. ;/

  • Reply Acid Rain August 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I have pain and muted hearing

  • Reply cottoncandyBFF's /gr August 12, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I'm scared now thanks a lot miss…😨

  • Reply SoccerFanatic 2019 September 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I tried everything I could do, but nothing helped!!!

  • Reply cvs pharmacy bill cosby September 22, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    It herts inside and on my ear

  • Reply Beatriz Corpus October 27, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I have a swimmers ear it dosnt hurt….,……WTF IS WRONG WITH ME???

  • Reply Doris Miranda October 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I have water in my ear I try peroxide but it made it worse some of the peroxide stay inside no matter what I did…would any of this remedies work?

  • Reply Doris Miranda October 31, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I'm scare to put anything inside my ear. Allergy medicine somewhat worked but still is muffle. 😳

  • Reply Hope Kelley January 6, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I have it rn and IT RLLY RLLY HURTS

  • Reply Dora January 7, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    It's the worsttt

  • Reply Cellver Sison January 10, 2018 at 8:09 pm


  • Reply super marioz January 23, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Lol i tried the white vinegar mixed with alcohol and it burned like a mother fucker ! I had to run to the sink and rinse it out

  • Reply Gab David February 16, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I am now more scare off swimming. (My heart is beating so hard when I am watching this.)

  • Reply I'm-perfectly happy to be me Michelle February 17, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Don't use microwaves they destroy tissue and cells.

  • Reply Unnecessarily Loud March 12, 2018 at 11:22 am


  • Reply TripleTeddy Gaming March 17, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I'm gonna stop using my earphone cuz my ear has a disgusting smell

  • Reply TripleTeddy Gaming March 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I always use Hydrogen Peroxide using cotton buds and it worked but a while ago it will come back to me

  • Reply XxRed_ GamerxX April 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    mine is like water my middle ear

  • Reply Teri Lloyd April 25, 2018 at 8:39 am

    The same here it kill me

  • Reply Frosteh Snowflake June 4, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Oof. I have this infection also I have pain, fluid sometimes and muted.

  • Reply Sam6059 June 7, 2018 at 9:24 am

    My ears is so pain

  • Reply Andy Anderson June 9, 2018 at 7:43 am

    It hurts to even move my head 🙁

  • Reply ArcTic June 16, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    I’d literally rather break my bone than this… it’s so painful 😭😭

  • Reply Rose Lily June 27, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I have swimmers ear right now and it hurts so but

  • Reply Rose Lily June 27, 2018 at 9:19 pm


  • Reply Karen V June 29, 2018 at 9:42 am


  • Reply The Amazing Tv Man July 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    This could help me with my swimmers ear.

  • Reply Sarah Parker July 7, 2018 at 1:18 am

    I have swimmers ear and i swear it hurts so badly 😭😭😭😭

  • Reply Hearthstone CardMaker July 11, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Or…… you could just wait the full 7 days like I did ._. it hurt like hell after the 3rd day but I didn't have to buy any of these.

  • Reply Hearthstone CardMaker July 11, 2018 at 7:06 am

    After the third day you get so used to the pain i'm all good now :p

  • Reply K R X_J4M July 12, 2018 at 10:29 am

    wow hahaha

  • Reply Brianna The Mango July 13, 2018 at 5:48 am

    I almost had it but I got the watr out before.

  • Reply Thrifty July 14, 2018 at 8:24 am

    this shit is pissing me off. im in so much fucking pain

  • Reply brick man July 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I’m litterly deaf in my left ear so annoying I’m just dumbing bottles of hydrogen proxside in my ear

  • Reply Simple Salvatoreè July 16, 2018 at 4:09 am

    I wouldn’t wish swimmers ear on my worst enemy! The pain is so bad the worst part is if u cough, sneeze, hiccup, burp, swallow or anything that contains jaw movement, it feels like ur being stabbed in the ear I really hope these things work

  • Reply Lavender Gt July 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    what if its a baby my baby brother has this when i saw his ear while sleeping

  • Reply Yasmine Emamian July 18, 2018 at 4:25 am

    It feel like I am deaf and plus I got all of the symptoms for the mildest swimmers ear and it hurt SO BAD!!!!!😫

  • Reply Ari and Kylee July 21, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I have to use this

  • Reply Ari and Kylee July 21, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I am crying

  • Reply Cake Blah July 27, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Mines stop hurting when I put vapor rub around my ear or were it hurts.

  • Reply Anna Rose July 28, 2018 at 2:21 am


  • Reply Cassidy McDowell August 1, 2018 at 3:36 am

    i have swimmers ear right now, it hurts and i cant really hear.

  • Reply Andrew Regner August 1, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I have it in both ears

  • Reply B_3llx August 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

    My ear hearts 😭😢

  • Reply Alieks August 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    whenever i swallow or tilt my head to the right, its gonna make popping noise and impair my earing

  • Reply Alieks August 12, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    the way I treated mine was to get a q-tip and rub hydrogen peroxide in my ear

  • Reply SlayerGod 22 August 13, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Thank god I don't have this

  • Reply machadev August 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    don’t trust this video and don’t put ANYTHING inside your year, otherwise indicated by a doctor.

  • Reply Eve Galewitz August 19, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Go to the doctor! You can cause permanent damage to your hearing by playing around with an inner ear infection. See your doctor immediately especially if your child has come down with swimmer’s ear which can be easily treated.

  • Reply Hearthstone CardMaker August 21, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Finally went away after three weeks and I can still feel fake after effects of the pain in the ears ;_;

  • Reply Jordan September 10, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    guys if u do competitive swimming just use swimming ear plugs goddammit I hadn't gotten a swimmer's ear in years and after I lost my earplugs I went swimming for the first time in a while today without them and i'm kinda dying already so just use earplugs, it actually helps a LOT

  • Reply Roman Soldier September 19, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    My right ear is mute and my ear stinks and some liquid drains from it any suggestions

  • Reply Alexis Reyes September 28, 2018 at 5:58 am

    I had this swimmers ear since the 24th and now i don't know what to do to reduce the swelling and i can't hear from my left and im using prescription ear drops . is there any remedies for me

  • Reply himanshu patil October 3, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Fuck you…. Give the solution to remove it …. Dnt jus keep scaring ppl in the first place 😕😕

  • Reply Dancing with Sasha October 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    This hurts so bad and I can never go to sleep!

  • Reply Lauren Jeoffroy November 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I have it in both ears, the pain is out of this world and I lost hearing (temporarily of course). I went to the ER this morning and it was a joke . He gave me antibiotics, then eardrops that cost 350 dollars as it's not covered by insurance (I didn't get it especially since my ear canal is swollen shut, the meds won't get in there duh. I told him the pain was worse then child labor pains…. so he told me to take tylenol smh. Tylenol is doing nothing and my whole face, ears ,earlobes, temple head and jaw hurt soooooo bad. Please let this go away soon.

  • Reply Alicia Lynne November 25, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Does anyone feel popping in the ear when they use a washcloth?

  • Reply JAI VANDHANAA December 12, 2018 at 6:43 am

    God help me to cure… 🙁

  • Reply hobi’s churro December 20, 2018 at 10:46 am

    i have it right now, i got it twice before when i was 5 and 7. I just had to fall asleep to get rid of it.

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  • Reply Joel Hembrador January 9, 2019 at 5:02 am

    how about for baby ? does those thing good for them ? how far does the infection will go through if its not be cured ?

  • Reply sophie o Reilly February 23, 2019 at 1:58 am

    This is horrible my right ear hurts know my left ear i when the to the doctors the said I was very luckey my eardrum could of burst it's so 😢I'm gating so fu#king angry now I can sleep i just fu#king hate !!!

  • Reply Layth Hill March 29, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I got swimmers ear right noe

  • Reply Layth Hill March 29, 2019 at 4:44 pm


  • Reply Benjie Diga April 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

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  • Reply Anne Queen April 18, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    i have this 2 weeks ago my ears hurts so much that i cant sleep the whole week its loke torture i cant lay my head down and i cant eat my jaw hurts too and later i got fever amd it gets worse . but thankfully my doctor cleaned my ear and give me some antibiotics im much better now . that is too much for me i feel like dying slowly.

  • Reply AHJhunterJumper April 19, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I feel like imma die.

  • Reply Kathy Fann April 30, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Vinegar made the Skin flake off badly. Increased fluid under flakey skin.

  • Reply Kathy Fann April 30, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Ok I will try onion juice holy Basile

  • Reply Egg Head May 12, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I have fluid in my ear I have no pain it just doesn’t want to come out, I’ve been on antibiotics twice and now I’m doing it again

  • Reply Hamzah Khadim May 16, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Thanks for the video however you are wrong about how to use holy basil. You said to use basil leaves. Basil is not the same as holy basil. Holy basil is also known as tulsi. It is an entirely different plant.

  • Reply cierra May 17, 2019 at 6:11 am

    i spent $100 on ear drops but they make it hurt worse

  • Reply Rosella Phantom May 28, 2019 at 5:33 am

    i only have muting dose it still count? i dont even know…

  • Reply Dj-rym Mça May 28, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Otitis externa with ear wax and less hearing left ear & clogged ear ringing sssaaaasshhh

  • Reply Black Rabbit May 30, 2019 at 3:27 am

    I have swimmers ear now

  • Reply kylie fontaine June 3, 2019 at 9:20 am

    i have school tomorrow but its 2:20am and i cant sleep bc of this infection kill me

  • Reply Idiot Ilena June 13, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I’m actually freaking crying rn bc of how bad the pain is and I have a really high pain tolerance

  • Reply King Bryson June 20, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I'm 12 and swimmers ear,I can't even put a finger on it.It hurts so bad😣😭

  • Reply Pxsion X June 21, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    My ear passed it on to my other ear and. The ear I had it with healed it’s so annoying and hurts really bad

  • Reply Sophia Margenau July 1, 2019 at 6:06 am

    I could not sleep till 3:00 am I was screaming bloody murder because it was so painful

  • Reply Klarence Johnsen July 9, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Just shoot me! 😖😖

  • Reply Klarence Johnsen July 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Omfg it’s 4am and I wanna sleep 😭

  • Reply The Poni's Laws July 15, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Can someone tell me WHO SHOT MY EAR or it just hurts alot

  • Reply Doctor Doggo July 17, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    This doesn’t hurt as much as people think, maybe because I’m on the first day of suffering

  • Reply ChAnGo_8117 PRIME July 18, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I hate nature for giving me swimmers ears screw you people who pee in the pools

  • Reply Naima Duale July 24, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I empathize with everyone having this condition. It is one if those pains that drains you for days. I am on day 3, and I can feel the pain has subsided thank God. My lymph nodes are swollen like never before. The suggestions in the video are useful as preventative measures. Once your ears start hurting, you'll end up in a 7-10 days period before things get better. Even when on antibiotic drops.

  • Reply OpL Kovak July 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I had an swimmers ear 3 years ago and got a ruptured ear drum i didn’t realize it until. 3 years later where I’m in the hospital and they told me that I had a ruptured ear drum for a long time

  • Reply Cameron S July 31, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    I have no insurance and paying out of pocket is too damn much. I’ll probably suffer unless I start to have problems with my hearing

  • Reply Letty Chaidez August 19, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Ear aches and tooth aches are no joke. Anyone try any of these??? I do peroxide when I feel I'm gonna get the flu and it stops it. But you have to do it at the very 1st sign of getting sick. It doesnt help my ear infection though. It itches and bubbles up so bad when I do it.

  • Reply bountykiller 505 August 20, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I can’t move my jaw or anything anytime I move my mouth or sneeze or anything that moves my jaw I want to kill my self I am drinking soup out of a straw and I do not want to eat

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