Homeopathic treatment of swimmer's ear
As swimming becomes a favorite activity, many parents dread the onset of swimmer's ear. Swimmer's ear or otitis externa often affect children and teenagers who engage in water activities in swimming pools or lakes.
Swimmer's ear is an inflammation of the external canal which occurs after water gets trapped in the ear following a swim, a bath or shower. The inflammation is usually caused by gram-negative bacilli (Pseudomonas or Proteus) or by fungi (Aspergillus) that thrive in moist environment.
The symptoms of swimmer's ear, according to American Academy of Otolaryngology, are as following:
- itching in the ear
- sensation of ear is blocked or full
- pain around ear
- lymph nodes swollen in the neck
- decrease hearing
- tenderness in the earlobes
Swimmer's ear is not usually a dangerous infection and alternative methods of treatment may be useful. "Homeopathy medicine is safe and natural, based on the principle of treating like with like", according to Gad Cohen, homeopath and naturopath. Homeopathy remedies work with the whole person to eliminate the cause of the disease rather than the illness alone. "The treatment is highly personalized and the homeopathy remedy is chosen according to the symptoms presented", says Dr. Cohen. The potency chosen should be in the lower range from 6X to 30C. The patient should take the remedy every two to three hours while awake.
Aconitum napellus : is useful for sudden sunset of earache and for acute cases of fever. The patient awakes at night with pain, anxious and scared and is worse after exposure to dry and cold winds
Belladona atropa : is effective for earaches that come on suddenly with severe, throbbing pain, fever, or sweating. The patient presents a flushed face, is worse with movement, but better with heat and has no thirst. The symptoms are worse at night.
Pulsatilla : useful for earaches accompanied by yellow greenish discharge from the ear, the patient is sensitive to heat, the ear is painful and hot, and cheeks are pale. The patient is not thirsty and has a high fever.
Mercurius solubilis : for earaches with a high fever, presence of thick nasal or ear discharge, sweating, bad breath and irritability. The pain is worse at night.
Hepar sulphuris : is used for painful earache during the night, ear is sensitive to touch and to cold sensation. The symptoms are improved by heat applications.
Chamomilla : is useful when symptoms are worse with heat, but better with movement especially if the child is taken back and forth. A good remedy especially for earaches associated with teeth.
Most homeopathic remedies are sold in pharmacies or health food stores. However, if pain or fever persists beyond 24 hours, you should consult your medical doctor.