Protection from Swimmers Ear
Swimmers ear is one of the most common swimming complaints, but there are many solutions to this pain-in-the...ear.
To get the water out of your ears after swimming, try one of the following:
- Shake your head or tilt your head and hop up and down.
- Aim a hair dryer on a low setting toward your ear.
- Lie on your side with the ear down so that the water will drain out.
- Use eardrops to help dry the ear canal after swimming.
- If you swim frequently, wear a swim cap or wet suit hood, especially for surfing or sailboarding. This can help prevent ear problems caused by exposure to wind and cold water.
- Do not use wax-type earplugs. They may damage the ear canal and make infection more likely. Silicone earplugs provide better protection.
- Do not use earplugs when snorkeling or during other underwater activities. They interfere with the ability to “clear the ears” during descent and ascent.
- If you continue to experience discomfort, ask your doctor how to flush out your ears using warm water and an ear syringe.
- Do not scratch or put anything into your ears.
- Children who have ear tubes should follow the directions of their doctor.
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