Swimmer’s Ear; Ear Wax; and Ear Infections

As the weather continues to warm, folks are becoming more active.

With increased activity comes the chance for injuries including cuts, sprains, strains, and broken bones. Parents are getting ready to send their children to summer camps but summertime also means trips to the local pool and vacation on the beach and with that comes swimmers ear.

Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the ear canal, not the eardrum that most people refer to when they have an ear infection.  Swimmer’s ear is due to water being left in the ear (from the pool, ocean, or even the shower).

Water has bacteria and fungus in it and when left in the warm, dark ear canal, it can cause an infection.

If you think you have an ear infection, be it swimmer’s ear or not, see your family doctors or stop by AFC/Doctors Express and let us take a look. We can also treat other ear infections including stubborn ear wax problems.

To prevent swimmers ear, make sure you dry your ear canals after swimming. A friendly tip: don’t just stick a Q-tip in there! That could actually make things worse. Instead, use a mixture of water and vinegar in your ear to dry it (or buy a prepared ear drop such as SwimEar).

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