Swimmers ear also known as Otitis externa is a condition that causes inflammation (redness and swelling) of the external ear canal (the tube between the outer ear and eardrum). Repeated exposure to water can make the ear canal vulnerable to inflammation.

Swimmer’s ear is when bacteria or fungus grows in the ear canal. This happens when water, sand, or other small debris irritates the delicate skin in the ear canal. Other things that can irritate the ear canal include hearing aids, lots of ear cleaning, and eczema of the ear canal.

Mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in the affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day. Swimmers ear should be gone within one or two days.


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