Health Tip – July 25 – Swimmer’s Ear
Swimmer’s Ear is an infection of the ear and/or outer ear canal, which can cause the ear to itch or become red and inflamed. More common in children and young adults, movement or touching the ear can be extremely painful.
Reduce your risk of getting Swimmer’s Ear. Dry your ears after swimming. Check with the pool staff about the chlorine and pH-testing program at the pool. Those with good control are unlikely to spread Swimmer’s Ear. Avoid swimming in locations that may have been closed because of pollution. Avoid putting objects (e.g. fingers, cotton swabs) in your ear that may scratch the ear canal and provide a site for infection.
Swimmer’s Ear can be treated with antibiotic eardrops – contact your doctor if you think you might have Swimmer’s Ear.