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What should you avoid in getting water out of your ears?

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Using the wrong methods for getting water out of your ears can scratch your ear canal or impact earwax in the canal. Don’t use these methods for drying out your ears, or you will be more -- not less -- likely to get an infection.

  • Avoid cotton swabs. They can pack earwax and dirt down in your ear canal, remove the wax that protects your ear, disrupt the natural bacteria in the ear canal, or irritate the thin skin of the ear canal.
  • Don’t stick your finger or fingernails in your ears. You can scratch the delicate skin of the ear canal.
  • Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or drying drops if you or your child has ear tubes or if you have a ruptured eardrum.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 10, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Swimmer’s Ear: Overview,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Self-management,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Symptoms and Causes,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Treatment.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Swimmer's Ear.”

Nemours KidsHealth: “Infections: Swimmer’s Ear.”

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: “Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa).”

Cleveland Clinic: “How to Keep Swimmer’s Ear From Ruining Your Summer.”

Children’s Hospital St. Louis: “Swimmer’s Ear vs. Ear Infection: What’s the Difference?

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Swimmer’s Ear: Overview,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Self-management,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Symptoms and Causes,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Treatment.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Swimmer's Ear.”

Nemours KidsHealth: “Infections: Swimmer’s Ear.”

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: “Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa).”

Cleveland Clinic: “How to Keep Swimmer’s Ear From Ruining Your Summer.”

Children’s Hospital St. Louis: “Swimmer’s Ear vs. Ear Infection: What’s the Difference?

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 10, 2019

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