After having numerous bouts of outer ear infections in the last few years, i have come to the conclusion that if the infection is mild, the best remedy is to DO NOTHING. The ENT consultant reckons that i have a type of dermatitis in my ear canal as i also suffer from very itchy scalp, and there is a connection between the two. Pouring stuff like vinegar directly onto scaly, sore skin is only going to inflame the canal. I have been so vigorous trying to keep my ears clean and bacteria free, but have just been told by the Doc that i have another infection!! Its very mild and she didnt think i needed antibiotic eardrops this time, but i know the reason i have it again is that i have been dousing my ears with vinegar/ rubbing alcohol solution when there is no need for it. this strips away the good bacteria as well as the bad. I didnt tell my doctor that i had been using it, as she is constantly telling me 'DON'T PUT ANYTHING SMALLER THAN YOUR ELBOW IN YOUR EAR'!! the ENT consultant did tell me to put vaseline around the outer ear if i felt i needed it, or some warmed olive oil around the canal opening (and some may fall into the canal which is ok). The worst thing you can do is stick Qtips in your ears. I had a very bad habit of sticking hairpins in my ears too, awful i know, but i dont do that anymore. Take vitamin C, eat healthy and let your body fight the infection naturally.
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