Swimmer’s Ear Causes and Risk Factors
- Low immune function and problems with the ear’s structure
- Excessive moisture, injury or trauma to the ear
- Conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis
- Excessive cleaning of earwax that causes injury to the inside of the ear canal
- Hereditary factors like a narrow eye canal that causes complications
- Swimming in contaminated water or public pools
Swimmer’s Ear Symptoms
- Itchiness in the ear (2)
- Ear pain, tenderness, redness and pressure
- Ringing or tingling in the ears and trouble hearing
- Pus draining from the infected area
- Trouble sleeping on the affected ear
- Headaches, neck pains and dizziness
- Swelling in the lymph nodes or neck
- Trouble moving the jaw
Swimmer’s Ear Treatment
1. DietFoods that can worsen swimmer’s ear symptoms include:
- Packaged, processed foods: These foods often contain chemicals, dyes and other synthetic ingredients.
- Potential food allergens: This includes dairy, gluten, shrimp and peanuts, which can cause inflammation.
- Added sugar: Sugar lowers immune function and causes inflammation.
- Breast milk: Research has shown that children who are breastfed may have improved immune function and a greater resistance to foreign bacteria. (3)
- Antioxidants: Fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants can help strengthen the immune system.
- Spices/Herbs: Garlic, ginger and turmeric have natural antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Water: Staying hydrated can help clear mucus from the ears and respiratory passageways to reduce blockage.
2. SupplementsSupplements that may be helpful for swimmer’s ear treatment include:
- Omega-3 fish oils: Omega-3’s have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Zinc: Zinc boosts immune function and promotes healing.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps lower inflammation while giving the immune system a boost. (4)
- Echinacea: Echinacea increases lymphatic drainage and stimulates immune function.
- Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 helps control inflammation levels in the body.
- Antibacterial and antiviral herbs: Herbs to promote healing include calendula, elderberry and astragalus. (5)
- Probiotics: Probiotics help improve gut health and boost immunity.