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How can I prevent swimmer's ear?

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�Don't use cotton swabs inside your ear.

�Don't use earplugs.

�Use a shower cap to keep ears dry in the shower. Or dry your ears afterward with a hair dryer on low. Hold it about a foot from your ear.

�After swimming, dry out your ears by squirting 2 or 3 drops of acetic acid or a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar into your ear. Tilt your head so it gets to the bottom of your ear canal, then let the liquid drain out.

�Don't swim in dirty water, like a lake or stream.

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: "Swimmer's Ear: How to Avoid this Common Problem."

Mayo Clinic: "Swimmer's Ear."

UpToDate: "External Otitis (Including Swimmer's Ear) (Beyond the Basics)," "External Otitis: Pathogenesis, Clinical Features, and Diagnosis."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Swimmer's Ear."

CDC: "Facts About 'Swimmer's Ear."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: "Swimmer's Ear: How to Avoid this Common Problem."

Mayo Clinic: "Swimmer's Ear."

UpToDate: "External Otitis (Including Swimmer's Ear) (Beyond the Basics)," "External Otitis: Pathogenesis, Clinical Features, and Diagnosis."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Swimmer's Ear."

CDC: "Facts About 'Swimmer's Ear."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

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