Ear infections can cause severe pain, discomfort and other problems. This leads to suffering for many. You may be wondering 'will my ear infection go away on it's own?
Well, sometimes they will but often they won't. The times when they are more likely to go away on their own is when they are mild infections of the outer ear canal that were set off by something. For instance, if your ears are itchy, sore and flaky after swimming in a warm ocean on holiday then they might settle down if you stay out of the water. It might be that you have had sore ears for a while and now your hearing sounds as though you are underwater. Your ear is also severely painful. This all means you are likely to have a middle ear infection. It is unlikely to settle down on its own without antibiotics.
If you think you may have an ear infection it is important to go to the doctor for an ear examination. If you leave a middle ear infection then you can end up with damage to your hearing or eardrum rupture.
If you are getting mild symptoms of an ear infection then taking measures to avoid whatever set it off can help the problem and stop it progressing. You could try wearing a pair of moulded waterproof earplugs from http://zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs/ to keep water out of your ears. You can also wear them in the bath or shower soap to shampoo out. These and conditioner contain perfumes and many chemicals which can lead to irritation of the ears. Make an effort to stop them going in your ears and rinse them properly if they do. You might find that your ear irritation settles down and doesn't come back.
Make sure you get your ears examined by a doctor if you have an ear disorder. This article does not count as medical advice.
Dr Toby Bateson for ZenPlugs