How to Prevent Painful Swimmer's Ear

SATURDAY, Jun 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Swimmer’s ear — a common summer problem among children — is easy to prevent, an consultant says.

“Swimmer’s ear is a bacterial or fungal infection caused by H2O held in a ear canal. The tell-tale signs are flourishing of a ear waterway and some drainage or discharge,” pronounced Dr. Nina Shapiro, executive of pediatric otolaryngology during Mattel Children’s Hospital of a University of California, Los Angeles.

Other forms of ear infections means pain inside a ear, though swimmer’s ear causes pain when a outward of a ear is touched, Shapiro pronounced in a university news release.

Swimmer’s ear can be prevented by regulating a dilemma of a washcloth or towel to dry ears after swimming. If a hair dryer is available, use a low environment and place a dryer about one feet divided from a ear to dry it, Shapiro said.

Never use a string bandage to purify or dry a ear waterway since it can repairs a ear drum, she warned.

You can get over-the-counter ear drops to forestall swimmer’s ear, though these should not be used on children who have ear tubes, ruptured eardrums or have had ear surgery, Shapiro said.

If a child does rise swimmer’s ear, doctors might allot anesthetic, antibiotic or antifungal ear drops, she said.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some-more about swimmer’s ear.