As we begin to get closer to summer and swim team season, a common sickness many swimmers and water lovers will encounter is swimmers ear.
You may be asking yourself… What is swimmers ear? Swimmers ear is an ear infection of the outer ear caused when water is left in the ear canal, allowing for the growth of bacteria.
Common symptoms of swimmers ear includes:
Common symptoms of swimmers ear include pain when touching your outer ear, fluid drainage, decreased hearing, and redness to your ear.
Can You Prevent Swimmers Ear?
You can help prevent the issue by eliminating the moisture from your ear. This can be done by drying ears with a towel or a hair dryer. Ear plugs could also be worn when swimming to help prevent the water from entering your ears.
It’s also important to note that if you believe you have swimmers ear, or have been diagnosed with it, don’t go swimming. It will make symptoms worse. You will want to make sure you are better before swimming again.
How Do You Treat Swimmers Ear?
When you go to a doctor for swimmers ear, they will perform an exam to provide a diagnoses. If you do have it, a common medication prescribed are ear drops. Over the counter medications may also be recommended to help relieve pain. They will also advice you to stay out of the water until the infection is gone.
How HRUC Can Help?
One of the specialties at HRUC is general medicine. HRUC provides patient centered care for illnesses such as swimmers ear, with no appointments necessary. Hours of operation are extended beyond traditional business hours, Monday- Friday 8am-7pm and on Saturdays 10am-4pm.
For more information, visit: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/swimmers-ear/symptoms-causes/syc-20351682