Swimmer’s Ear

by admin on November 6, 2017

Swimmer’s ear is a common term for an ear infection caused by excessive moisture in the ear canal. This condition is not necessarily caused by swimming, but it can occur in any environment or activity that traps moisture in the ear, producing a breeding ground for bacteria. The term swimmer’s ear derives from the higher rates of such infections among swimmers and during the summer months, when kids spend much of their time in pools or engaging in watersports.

Encourage the use of earplugs in pools or during water activities to reduce a child’s risk of infection. Keeping moisture from entering the ear eliminates most of the risk. Dry the ears after swimming, but never use cotton swabs to clean the inner ear; this can damage sensitive tissue and increase the risk of infection.

To remove water that has entered a child’s ear during swimming or other activities, pharmacies sell drops that help prevent bacteria and fungus from growing in the moist environment of the ear. Some even help dry excessive moisture, but users should be careful not to excessively dry the delicate inner ear.

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