photo by Jean Scheijen
Modern medicine has made great strides, but don’t you love it when a simple home remedy works better than a bottle of $30 antibiotic drops? It makes me stand even more in awe of Creation!
My daughter developed an awful ear ache this summer. Her ear drained so much I was sure that the ear drum had ruptured.After a reassuring doctor visit (it was *just* really bad Swimmer’s Ear) we went home armed with anti-biotic drops, confident that the ear would soon heal.
It didn’t heal.
Two weeks and two different prescriptions later, her ear was still aching, but the drainage was now curdled and yeasty! Ouch. The bacterial infection had turned into a fungal infection.
Just as I was about to head back to the doctor, my nurse midwife recommended an old home remedy: mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and vinegar (yet another use for vinegar!)
Clean around the ear gently and add a few drops into each ear. (It’s very important that you treat both ears, even if just one is hurting. It can spread quickly!) Repeat three to four times daily until healed.
The mixture reeks (I warned you!), but instantly soothed the pain. The next day it was already looking better and within a few days her ear was completely healed.
The wonderful thing about this mixture is that it simultaneously attacks a bacterial infection and a fungal infection. One of the problems with the anti-biotic drops was that they killed the good bacteria, as well as the bad. That made it ripe for a fungal infection. The vinegar and rubbing alcohol work together to combat both a fungal and bacterial infection.
Caution: If your child’s ear is draining, take them to have it checked. Although the ear drum wasn’t ruptured in our case, usually drainage indicates a rupture. You wouldn’t want to pour vinegar into a ruptured opening!
This worked for me, what’s your favorite home remedy?