In severe cases, the ear canal should be carefully cleaned
out by an ear specialist. Occasionally, 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, and then tilt your
head to let it drain out.