Summer is in full-swing, and with this season comes a lot of outdoor activities. Swimming is arguably the most popular summer past-time, and while it is fun, it can be detrimental to your ears. Swimmer’s Ear is an infection of the outer ear canal due to water remaining in the ear after swimming. Because the infection can be quite uncomfortable, we have provided some tips on how you can prevent it:
- Do not use ear plugs- they can irritate that ear canal.
- Try not swim in dirty water such as a mucky lake or stream. If you do, be sure to rinse your ears out with clean water afterwards.
- Tilt and gently shake your head in order for water to drain from your ears.
- Never use a cotton swab to clean your ears- this can push any wax you may have further into the ear canal. Also, be careful not to clean your ears with anything pointy. This can cause scratching which could allow germs to get in and infect the ear.
- If you wear a hearing aid, do not wear it while swimming. Allow your ears to dry after swimming before placing your hearing aid back in.
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