When water enters the ears of a tub, lake or pool, there is a risk that can encourage infection in the outer ear. Because this type of infection is so common among people who have been swimming, it is called swimmer’s ear.
To see the difference between otitis externa in the ear canal and an infection behind the eardrum (otitis media), move the earlobe. This causes significant pain in the case of otitis externa. The pain does not change with the movement of the earlobe if the problem is an infection of the inner ear.
A doctor may prescribe antibiotic ear drops to treat the infection, but it is much better to prevent otitis externa in the first place. To do that, do not allow water to remain in the ear, and use a disinfectant that discourage bacteria and fungi to grow.
How to prevent swimmer’s ear:
P I swim every day to exercise often and have swimmer’s ear infections. I tried to make my own resource than half of half vinegar alcohol, but did not work well.
A product called Swim-EAR solved the problem. It is 95 percent alcohol and 5 percent of anhydrous glycerin.
A. Thanks for the tip. Others can benefit from your experience.
A triathlete offered its own solution alcohol, vinegar and glycerin to treat ear after climbing out of the pool. The proportions were 10 percent glycerin and 45 percent of each other.
In addition to swimming-EAR, a commercial product called Auro-Dri can be used to prevent infection. It has a formula like Swim-EAR.
People like you who swim every day may find it worth having earplugs custom made to keep water from entering the ears at all.
remedy for swimmer’s ear:
The home remedy of half vinegar and half alcohol has been around for a while. Here’s another question from a different reader who had a problem with swimmer’s ear.
P Do you know of any good ways to deal with swimmer’s ear? Usually you can feel it coming on (often after swimming in a lake or pond), but I could not clear it before it reaches the point where I need a doctor and some antibiotics.
A. Prolonged exposure to water sitting in the ear canal after swimming can make the outer ear more susceptible to this type of infection. As you know, swimmer’s ear is more common after swimming in non-chlorinated water may contain bacteria.
Getting moisture with a drying solution:
The key to preventing otitis externa is to get the water right ear canal after swimming. When you see people pulling their ears and tilting his head to one side, that is what we are trying to do.
In addition, a drying solution can help. One reader offered this:
“My cousins and I were in the pool all summer growing up Every time we were done swimming, everyone would do the following to remove water from our ears.
“1. With a dropper, fill each ear canal with a 50/50 mixture of alcohol and white vinegar.
“2. Let the mixture stand for a moment while massaging around the ear.
” 3. Tilt your head and use a tissue to dry the ear “
Do not use a cotton swab;.. Scratch the lining of the ear can encourage infection Pediatricians or family physicians often recommend this kind of home remedy.