Tips for Swimmers and Non-Swimmers to Avoid Swimmer's Ear

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					     Tips for Swimmers and Non-Swimmers to Avoid
                    Swimmer’s Ear
                              Swimmer’s ear, or otitis media, is an
                              infection of your outer ear. Swimmers
                              and non-swimmers can both get
                              swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear leads to
                              2.4 million physician visits per year,
                              according to the Centers for Disease
                              Control and Prevention.

Ear, nose and throat specialists can help prevent swimmer’s ear
complications, such as hearing loss. However, you may be able to
avoid the condition in the first place. The following tips may help.

Tips for Swimmers

Swimming is a risk factor for developing swimmer’s ear because
water is more likely to enter your ear canal. Bacteria are better
able to grow and cause infections in a damp environment.

• Wear protective gear while swimming. Bathing caps and
earplugs reduce the amount of water that gets into your ears.

• Dry your ears. Dry your ears off with a towel as soon as
possible after you leave the water. Get excess water out of your
ears by bending over so that one side of your head is facing the
ground and water can leave your ear. Then switch sides so that
your other ear drains.

• Use a blow-dryer. A hair dryer can dry your ears very quickly,
but be sure to leave it on the coolest heat setting and keep the
dryer a foot away from your head.

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Tips for Non-Swimmers

You can get swimmer’s ear if harmful bacteria get into your ear
and are able to grow.

• Do not put objects in your ears. That includes Q-tips, paper
clips and anything else that could cut your ear and allow bacteria
to infect you.

• Stay clean. Proper hygiene keeps bacteria away. Always clean
your jewelry.

If you suspect that you may have swimmer’s ear, consult an ear,
nose and throat doctor. Prompt attention to your symptoms can
help prevent this minor nuisance from turning into a more serious
infection.

Source:
http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/rwi/illnesses/swimm
ers-ear-prevention-guidelines.html,
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/swimmers-
ear/DS00473/METHOD=print




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