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Does your child complain about constant earaches during swim season?

Chances are they have "Swimmers Ear"

Acute otitus externa, or most commonly known as Swimmers Ear, is an infection of the ear canal and outer ear. This infection occurs mostly in the summer after swimming. It is caused when water containing bacteria or fungus particles is trapped in the ear. If the ear remains damp, the skin may become irritated, allowing these microorganisms to grow, flourish and infect he tissues of the ear.

Sign and symptoms: Usually the person first complains of the ear itching or feeling full. Over time the tissues will swell and the ear may become painful.

Treatment:

Itching stage - stop swimming for 2 to 3 days. Cleanse the ear with alcohol-acetic acid mixture. An inexpensive way to make your own antiseptic ear drop is by simply mixing a solution of white vinegar 50/50 with rubbing alcohol. Apply four drops four times daily for 5 days.

Painful Stage – stop swimming for 4 to 5 days. Seek medical attention – anti-biotics or amoxicillin may be necessary.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"!

During swim season, or anytime you’re exposed to water, KEEP THE EARS DRY. Swim-Ear, AuroDri and Aqua-Ear are sold without prescription or use the 50/50 white vinegar/alcohol mixture after every swim. If you do this consistently, chances are your swimmer’s ear will be a thing of the past.

Caution: Ear drops of any kind should never be used if you have the following:

Tubes in the ears

A punctured, perforated or ruptured eardrum

Previous injury or surgery on the ears

Drainage or recurrent severe infection of the ears

Consult your physician first.