Swimmer’s Ear

Posted at 1:53 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel
Swimmer’s ear is a very common problem in summer. Cerumen of ear is a leading cause. Ear wax could result in increased incidence of a swimmer’s ear. Ear wax can retain water when you submerge in water through regular swimming. This is especially a problem during summer. Guest, J.F., Greener, M.J., Robinson, A.C., & Smith, A.F, (2004) found that impacted cerumen is a major cause of primary care consultation, and a common problem in ENT patients. The first step is prevention of ear infection.

The following will help to reduce the chance of the swimmer’s ear:

1. Removal of ear wax that causes impaction before summer swimming starts by visiting your doctor may reduce the chance of external otitis.

2. Blow-dry your ears with low heat setting after returning from swimming. Hold the hair dryer about 2 inches away and blow-dry for about 2 minutes.

The following will help to get rid of the swimmer’s ear:

Apply drops of a mixture of vinegar and rubbing alcohol in equal quantity in the affected ear; it may help to reduce fungal and bacterial infection and swimmer’s ear. If the problem continues, please see your doctor.

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