Can anyone state definitively whether or not Lugol'sIodine (2% or 5%) can be used inside the ear canal? I have had tinnitus, fluid, and crackling/popping in my ears for years now which I suspect is Candida or other fungi and I would like to treat it using Lugol's (straight or diluted) if possible.
Many websites refer to placing 5% povidone Iodine in the ear canal but not Lugol's.
I think I answered my own question. Apparently inorganic forms of Iodine (such as straight Lugol's) can be very irritating to the skin and can form lesions. This might be why some people experience pain when applying it to the sensitive skin of the ear canal.
I also suffer with tinnitus and slight hearing loss. I was hoping that Iodine would take care of it and was really tempted to put the drops in my ears directly until I read someone's not-so-pleasant personal experience here on this forum.
I have painted Lugol's behind my ears which I think reduces some inflammation -- there's a noticable change, though it's hard to describe. I haven't done it in a while because while the change was good, it wasn't enough to motivate me to continue.
Tinnitus has been so difficult to work on. I've tried homeopathics, biofeedback, acupuncture, garlic/mullein ear drops and more. I see that it's a symptom of candida overgrowth, but also of GABA deficiency, hypothyroidism, blood Sugar issues, allergies and a myriad other things that all could apply to me.
It's interesting you posted this now because I was recently considering painting behind my ears again. I don't mind the ringing (I have a number of tones constantly in both ears) but I don't like the hearing loss that results. I'm tired of having to ask people to repeat what they say.
How did your tinnitus start? Mine began as an allergy symptom. I'd get it once a year for about 2 weeks, after we moved to a new area. That went on for a couple years, then the last time it occurred, it just stayed.
My tinnitus began 4 1/2 years ago after I took antibiotics for an extended period of time. As it turned out, an improperly placed root canal became septic and was leaking infection into my bloodstream, resulting in flu-like symptoms and an elevated WBC. About 4 weeks into the antibiotics tinnitus began. Two weeks later I developed a clostridium difficile infection and was hospitalized.
I have had the tinnitus and other symptoms ever since. In addition, I have become about 30 pounds overweight, developed dry skin, anxiety, and extreme fatigue. These symptoms are consistent with hypothyroidism (as is the tinnitus) which is another reason I am interested in Lugol'sIodine as it can also help treat this condition.
I also have a "crossbite" which may be a contributing factor to the tinnitus (tmj?) but I made it to 47 without this having caused any problems.
I have tried the same remdedies that you have in addition to others but nothing has helped very much. I am not diabetic or pre-diabetic (my blood Sugar is fine) but I do have some fairly troublesome allergies.
Finally, I can really relate to what you said about hearing (I call it the "huh?" factor). It's so annoying to have to ask people to repeat what they have said. People are constantly telling me I should have my ears cleaned out. If only I could achieve exactly that I'd be happy!!!
You need iodine, we all do. Please look over the FAQs.
And, in the meantime, be sure to eat lots of good raw foods to feed your beneficial microorganisms. Fruits and vegs now, very important. Also eat yogurt, kefir, kimchi, live sauerkraut. Drink kombucha tea.