Swimmers Ear is an infection of the outer ear canal caused by water that remains in your ear after swimming, leading to bacterial growth. Also known as otitis externa, it is usually the result of swimming in water that contains bacteria. Scratching the insides of the ears or inserting cotton swabs in an effort to clean wax can damage the lining of the ear canals and also cause this condition.
Swimmers Ear Symptoms
- Itching in the ear or ear canal
- Drainage of fluid or pus
- Ear pain
- Hearing loss
- Redness or swelling of the ear
Swimmers Ear (Otitis externa) is easily treatable with eardrops. Medications to relieve pain can be used, as well.
- Avoid swimming in polluted water
- Dry your ears thoroughly after swimming, showering, or bathing
- Use a mixture of 1 part white vinegar, 1 part rubbing alcohol in the ears after swimming to promote drying and prevent bacterial growth
- Do not scratch the ears or place foreign objects inside