Home Remedies for Ear Fungal Infection
An ear fungal infection can turn into a nasty condition if not properly treated. Considering that the ear has three parts: inner ear, middle ear and outer ear, any sort of infection in the ear can cause hearing and balance issues as well as a lot of pain.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
An ear fungal infection is known as swimmer's ear.
This happens when fluid gets trapped in the ear, causing bacteria and fungus to grow. This usually happens from swimming often. Many of these remedies help draw out fluid from the ear, which then heals the ear faster by drying it out so that new bacteria or fungus can't grow 2.
To soothe the pain of an ear fungus infection, microwave a cup of salt for two minutes.
Dump the salt into a thick sock.
Pressing the sock to the infected ear helps draw fluid out, which reduces swelling and pressure in the ear. You can also substitute rice for the salt.
Use a hair dryer on the lowest setting pointed at least ten inches away from your ear. Using this method will also help to dry the fluid out of the ear.
If these methods don’t work, mix equal parts rubbing alcohol with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
**Place two drops of this mixture in your ear every few hours.
Let it sit for a few minutes, they lie on your side to let the liquid drain out. This will help get rid of swimmer's ear. **
Another solution is to soak a clove of garlic in olive oil for a few hours. Heat this mixture until it’s warm and dip a cotton ball into it, just enough to wet the cotton.
Place the cotton ball in the infected ear and leave in overnight. This should help soothe the pain and get rid of the fungus that has grown in the ear.
Combine a teaspoon of water with a teaspoon of vinegar.
Drop this mixture carefully into your ear with a medicine dropper. This should alleviate the swimmer's ear.
It may also be easier to apply a warm washcloth to the ear with the fungal infection. The heat will work to help the throbbing pain subside for awhile.
Take a capsule of garlic oil and break it open.
Pour the oil into your ear and let it sit for 10 minutes, then drain it from your ear. This should work to stop the pain from the fungal infection.
A few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the infected ear will help take away the pain and start to heal the infection. Alternatively, you can take a large garlic clove and warm it in the microwave. Place it against the infected ear to help draw out the fungal infection and soothe the pain.
If you find that your symptoms are staying the same or getting worse, visit your doctor immediately for medical attention.
- An ear fungal infection is known as swimmer's ear.
- It may also be easier to apply a warm washcloth to the ear with the fungal infection.
- Pour the oil into your ear and let it sit for 10 minutes, then drain it from your ear.
- Place it against the infected ear to help draw out the fungal infection and soothe the pain.
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- Cleveland Clinic. 3 Home Remedies for an Ear Infection. Published January 2, 2020.
- Cleveland Clinic. How to Keep Swimmer’s Ear From Ruining Your Summer. Updated July 1, 2014.
- Cleveland Clinic. Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa): Prevention. Updated January 29, 2019.
Diana Reid has been a freelance writer for more than five years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University and education in public health. She has been published in KidVisions, MicroHorror, "The Kids Ark Magazine," NACS, "Family Business Magazine" and has written hundreds of health articles for InventorSpot.com.