Since cutting out topical steroids my ears have been rubbish. They’ve been regularly blocked, itchy, clogged with ooze and shedding skin. If you think about it, the outer skin is free to shed flakes, and it does. Inside your ear canal, all that oozing and flaking can get caught up in wax and cause a blockage quite quickly.
I’ve been regularly using olive oil to help cleanse my poor ears and blogged about this previously in Ear Eczema – possible TSW symptom
However, recently things got worse. To cut a long story short I was almost deaf and going quietly mad so I got my ears suctioned, the new treatment in place of syringing.
My local surgery no longer offer this on the NHS so it was a smart £70 at a local ear clinic to get it done.
It worked a treat but they were surprised at how much eczema was inside my ears. They’d never seen it that bad before.
I tried to explain TSW to them but it wasn’t easy. However, they did understand and could clearly see the same process going on unhindered on the rest of my skin.
Anyway, they told me they thought I had a fungal ear infection, so I went back to the doctors to get it checked.
And what do you think they prescribed me?
Steroid ear drops.
So I politely explained that I’d rather have just a fungicidal treatment since I’d managed to cut out all steroids for a whole year and was worried about using them for this.
She also confirmed that steroids probably weren’t necessary, but the drops come ready made with acetic acid (vinegar basically), steroids and antibiotics.
She got a bit frustrated with me at one point and tried to explain, like you would to a child, in a very slow deliberate voice,
“Most people have NEVER used steroids and they can use these ear drops fine, so what are you worried about? You’ve used steroids before…”
Erm… shall I start explaining this for you again love?
Anyway, I came way with a prescription and then looked on the internet for ‘vinegar for ear treatments‘. Cider vinegar, according to Dr Google, should be a good treatment for a fungal ear infection, if in fact that is what’s happening.
So I’ve been mixing my own cider vinegar with warm water and dripping this into each ear. Then leaving my head on the side for 20 minutes to allow it to settle right in. Then insert some cotton bungs so you soak the ear in the cider vinegar concoction.
I’ve done this for a few days and already they feel so much better.
Could mother nature and a natural product help me without the need for any drugs?
They took a swab of my ear. An alarming procedure, involving the doctor appearing at my side with no warning and inserting the longest cotton wool ear bud I’ve ever seen… I really could have done with at least a ‘don’t move while I shove this potentially really dangerous thing right in your ear so it feels like it’s poking out the other side’… (clearly nothing in between) warning.
So we shall wait and see the results of the test.
I have some fungicide drops but she says the last time I used this product I had an allergic reaction to it. I am supposed to test it on my leg before I drip it into my ears! Too right… I’m really not sure I want to try it.
Sometimes I almost think google is preferable to the doctors… but what if it’s something more serious going on in my ear?
I shall keep you all updated, but I feel like a new woman already. So far, the cider vinegar has created a deluge or dry skin to force its way out of my ear. It’s permanently crinkling and a little blocked, but the stuff is moving out more easily from whence it came! All this after only a few days of doing the cider vinegar treatment.
Have you had problems with eczema in your ear?
Have you cleared a fungal infection in your ear with cider vinegar?
Should I use the stuff from the doctor?
Will my ears every work properly again?
Pardon? Sorry I can’t hear you? 😉