Some home treatment can help swimmer's ear. But it is
important to see a doctor first. If your doctor says it's okay, you can try
ear is itchy, try nonprescription swimmer's eardrops, such as Star-Otic or
Swim-Ear. Use them before and after swimming or getting your ears wet.
To ease ear pain, apply a warm washcloth or a heating pad set on
low. There may be some drainage when the heat melts earwax.
Do not use a heating pad when you are in
bed. You may fall asleep and burn yourself.
Do not use a heating
pad on a child.
In severe cases, the ear canal should be carefully cleaned
out by an ear specialist. Sometimes, if the ear canal is very swollen, a
wick with antibiotic drops will be placed in the ear canal.
use ear candles. They have no proven benefit, and they can cause harm.
How can you prevent swimmer's ear?
You may be able to prevent swimmer's ear.
Do not scratch or clean the inside of the ear
with cotton swabs, bobby pins, your fingernails, or other objects.
Avoid prolonged use of earplugs and in-ear headphones. Like cotton swabs, these
can cause irritation and itching and can plug the ear with wax.
Keep soap, bubble bath, and shampoo out of the ear canal. These
products can cause itching and irritation.
Keep your ears dry.
After you swim or shower, shake your head
to remove water from the ear canal.
Gently dry your ears with the
corner of a tissue or towel, or use a hair dryer on its lowest setting. Hold
the dryer several inches away from the ear.
Put a few drops of
rubbing alcohol or rubbing alcohol mixed with an equal amount of white vinegar
in your ears after you swim or shower. You can also use over-the-counter drops,
such as Star-Otic or Swim-Ear, to help prevent swimmer's ear. Wiggle the
outside of the ear to let the liquid enter the ear canal.
Do not swim in dirty or polluted water.
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August 09, 2012
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