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What can you do before swimming to prevent swimmer's ear?

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Put in earplugs. If you can keep water out of your ear canal, you're much less likely to have a problem. Choose earplugs that are designed for swimming. A bathing cap that covers your ears can help, too. Don't swim in lakes, ponds, or rivers with lots of bacteria. Check for posted signs about bacteria levels and whether it's safe to swim. High bacteria levels in the water can mean more bacteria in your ears. Make sure pools and spas are clean. Dirty water is more likely to have bacteria. If you don't know if a pool or spa is clean, don't get in.

From: How Can I Prevent Swimmer's Ear? WebMD Medical Reference

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 2, 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 2, 2019

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