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Recurring ear infections since starting Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 02, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I've been on the CrossFit/Paleo path for about seven months and like so many of my fellow PaleoHackers -- I love it. Love how it has changed my life, my outlook, how I feel, how I look -- no looking back.

Here's my question: I've noticed that, in the past 6 months, I've been getting recurrent bouts of ear infections -- generally of the otitis externa variety. Wondering if anyone else out there in Paleo-land has experienced this and, if so, have you been able to resolve it?

  • Do you think it has something to do with a possible allergy to something Paleo I'm eating now that I wasn't necessarily eating before? What comes immediately to mind for me is almonds -- I eat them regularly these days, and before going Paleo, I rarely ever had them. My GF has suggested that I stay away from them for a few weeks and see if there's any change, which I'm willing to do. The reasoning is that the infection = inflammation, and the inflammation could likely be an allergic reaction. (But I'll be super-sad if I have to give up almond butter!)
  • I wonder if it might just be the result of profuse sweating during CF WODs, and 2 showers a day? -- am I just continually giving myself "swimmer's ear"? How do I avoid it?
  • What else could it be? -- it's really annoying!!

Thanks!

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Doris. Glad you found something that's working for you.

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on November 11, 2011
at 10:30 PM

I think it is from water in your ears also. I use a product called Swim Ear everytime I wash my hair. It is alcohol in a base of anhydrous glycerin. Before I took this precaution I had a lot of ear infections like what you describe. I hope you are better now.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 18, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Thank you, Paul.

9e20abb05f3f6e3cc4bb107f8980aecd

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:44 PM

Well, if Cipro works then it must be bacterial. Anti-fungal creams are available over the counter at any pharmacy. Clotrimazole, butenafine, terbinafine are active ingredients.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 04, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Thanks, D! -- appreciate your insights.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 04, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Began using Cipro drops that I still have from the last bout -- seems to be doing the trick at the moment. What would you recommend as an anti-fungal, and could it be used regularly as a preventative measure?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 02, 2011
at 08:08 PM

Unfortunately, many folks who live above 38 degrees North don't get enough sun even in the summer months. Best to get tested. There's a link on the Vitamin D Council website. In the meantime, supplementing 5,000 IUs may be prudent.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 02, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Appreciate the advice, Jenna.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 02, 2011
at 07:14 PM

I don't actually know. But I have been thinking of supplementing it. I generally get enough sun during the summer months, but I live in NEOH, so the dark days are a-comin'.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 02, 2011
at 07:13 PM

For protein -- steak, chicken, salmon, cod, eggs are the mainstays. Carbs are mostly limited to sweet potatoes, and whatever is in veggies. Dairy's limited almost exclusively to butter for flavor and cooking, ghee, some cream for coffee, and an occasional indulgence in grass-fed cheese. Veggies are everything -- haven't met one I don't like, but as far as quantity goes, I eat a lot of tomatoes, green peppers, onions, garlic, all kinds of lettuce (usually that baby spring mix), broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms. Fats -- coconut oil, bacon fat, ghee, almond butter, avocados

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0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Following up -- Since posting this 5 months ago, I've tweaked a few things:

  • began supplementing with Vit D daily (going on 4 months now)
  • added B12 to supplement mix
  • added K2
  • added Mg

Can report that both the recurring itchy-ear thing and what had become continual dry/flaky eczema on the outside edges of my palms have completely subsided.

Additionally, I also kicked my almond butter habit, in an effort to tighten up carb intake, cut down on fat intake, and maintain a better Omega 3:6 ratio. Last week, one of my CF sisters made some almond butter for the first time, and was kind enough to share a small jar with me. Within 2 days, my ears were itching again! So, I'm kinda thinking almonds are a trigger for me, sadly.

Upside is that it will provide ongoing motivation for for me to stay off the almond butter train...

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on November 12, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I get eczema in my ears (gross, I know) when I overdo dairy (sensitivity to casein), and I end up with bad ear infections. I'd maybe try eliminating the almonds or whatever you think might be bothering you and see if it helps.

(For the record, I can do cream and butter here and there, but little more than that without bothering my ears. I don't seem to have many other symptoms.)

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on October 14, 2011
at 09:04 PM

If it is swimmers ear from the showers, putting alcohol in your ear after a shower dries up the water real quick.

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on November 11, 2011
at 10:30 PM

I think it is from water in your ears also. I use a product called Swim Ear everytime I wash my hair. It is alcohol in a base of anhydrous glycerin. Before I took this precaution I had a lot of ear infections like what you describe. I hope you are better now.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on November 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Doris. Glad you found something that's working for you.

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9e20abb05f3f6e3cc4bb107f8980aecd

on September 02, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Have you tried putting an anti-fungal lotion on it? That would be the obvious first step.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 04, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Began using Cipro drops that I still have from the last bout -- seems to be doing the trick at the moment. What would you recommend as an anti-fungal, and could it be used regularly as a preventative measure?

9e20abb05f3f6e3cc4bb107f8980aecd

(5939)

on September 04, 2011
at 10:44 PM

Well, if Cipro works then it must be bacterial. Anti-fungal creams are available over the counter at any pharmacy. Clotrimazole, butenafine, terbinafine are active ingredients.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 18, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Thank you, Paul.

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on September 02, 2011
at 03:59 PM

I've been on Paleo for about 6 months now and got my first ear infection in the longest time just about a week ago. I'm taking antibiotics to cure it, and I finally am a little closer to where I can hear myself talk! It's been tough, but for me- it's the frequent traveling that I do and the change of temperatures that I go through from the various locations.

I don't think it has anything to do with you going on Paleo. Keep up what you're doing and just take a decongestion like Zyrtec D or a Clariton D and a nasal spray helps. I still have 8 days left of my antibiotic so I can't wait for the day I can hear again and not be so deaf! These ear infections do suck though!

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 02, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Appreciate the advice, Jenna.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 02, 2011
at 03:41 PM

How's your Vitamin D status?

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 02, 2011
at 07:14 PM

I don't actually know. But I have been thinking of supplementing it. I generally get enough sun during the summer months, but I live in NEOH, so the dark days are a-comin'.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 04, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Thanks, D! -- appreciate your insights.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 02, 2011
at 08:08 PM

Unfortunately, many folks who live above 38 degrees North don't get enough sun even in the summer months. Best to get tested. There's a link on the Vitamin D Council website. In the meantime, supplementing 5,000 IUs may be prudent.

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695b82d856d4bd9314b865864ff6df5e

on September 02, 2011
at 03:40 PM

what other foods do you eat

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 02, 2011
at 07:13 PM

For protein -- steak, chicken, salmon, cod, eggs are the mainstays. Carbs are mostly limited to sweet potatoes, and whatever is in veggies. Dairy's limited almost exclusively to butter for flavor and cooking, ghee, some cream for coffee, and an occasional indulgence in grass-fed cheese. Veggies are everything -- haven't met one I don't like, but as far as quantity goes, I eat a lot of tomatoes, green peppers, onions, garlic, all kinds of lettuce (usually that baby spring mix), broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms. Fats -- coconut oil, bacon fat, ghee, almond butter, avocados

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