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Ways to Treat and Prevent Swimmers Ear

Swimmer’s ear is painful. The good news is that it can be treated and prevented. The following will help you treat the condition and then prevent it from happening again.

Treating Swimmer’s Ear

Since swimmer’s ear is inflammation from water being stuck in the ear, it’s important to treat the inflammation and remove the water. You can do this with a flush. Use a bulb syringe and warm saline solution. You can also use white vinegar and warm water. Make sure the solution you choose is room temperature because extreme temperatures can be painful and cause dizziness.
Itchiness is a common symptom of swimmer’s ear. You can relieve the itchiness by using swimmer’s ear drops.

For ear pain, a warm washcloth or heating pad can help. Heat melts earwax, so you may experience drainage, but it’s not anything to worry about. Ear pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medicine as well, such as:

  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aleve
  • Aspirin

If the ear pain is severe enough that over-the-counter medicine won’t help, you may have an infection. Antibiotics may be needed to treat the infection, so a call to the doctor is in order.

ways-to-prevent-swimmers-earPreventing Swimmer’s Ear

Keeping water out of the ears is the only way to prevent swimmer’s ear. Earplugs are perfect. You can simply insert them before you go swimming, take a shower, or a bath.

If you forget to put your earplugs in, it’s important to get as much water out of your ears as possible. Tilt your head to the side and tug on your earlobe to widen the ear canal to see if you can get some of it to drip out. You can also lie down on your side to help the water come out.

Another option is to put your palm over your ear and then push in and out slowly. This can create a suction like a vacuum to draw the water out of your ear. Make sure you tilt your head to the side when you do this, or you may end up pushing the water farther into the ear canal.

Some eardrops have alcohol, which will dry the ear and help move water out of the ear. Lie down, put the eardrops in the affected ear, and then try to drain the ear with one of the methods above.

You can make your own ear drops by combining vinegar and rubbing alcohol (half and half). You can then put a couple drops of the solution in the affected ear.

If you have reoccurring issues with swimmer’s ear, see an ear doctor for ways to treat the symptoms. For more information preventing swimmer’s ear, contact us. Hearing & Balance Doctors can fit you for earplugs to prevent swimmer’s ear from reoccurring.

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