by A. Grano on May 10th, 2011 at 7:00 am
With summer rapidly approaching and warmer temperatures already hitting parts of the country, more and more people are beginning to rediscover the joys of swimming pools, lakes, and the ocean. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can lead to trouble – particularly for active young swimmers.
Ear infections are very common in childhood, but can also affect adults. Ear infections usually occur in the middle part of the ear behind the eardrum, but otitis externa (aka “swimmer’s ear”) develops in the outer ear, when water becomes trapped in the ear canal. While it is most common in swimmers (thus the name), outer ear infections can also occur when showering.
Signs and help for swimmer’s ear
Common symptoms and signs include:
- Itching deep within the ear
- Crying more than usual (in children)
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty hearing
- Earache or ear pain
Herbal and homeopathic remedies are a gentle way to treat ear infections and promote overall ear health. These remedies are safe to use for children without the harsh side effects of antibiotic treatment.
Herbs such as Chamomile acts as a soothing remedy for overall health while Echinacea purpurea supports the immune system. Homeopathic ingredients such as Belladonna, Pulsatilla and Ferrum pho, Levisticum radix and Calc. sulp help to support the health and comfort of your child’s ears.
Adding a warm towel to the ear can also help to minimize the pain.
- Avoid letting water enter the ears when showering, shampooing, or bathing
- Dry the ear thoroughly after swimming
- Use earplugs when swimming, but use caution not to push them in too far
Eddy Ear Sprinkles™ Homeopathic remedy relieves ear ache associated with ear infection, and promotes ear health in children