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Are your family members avid swimmers? Have you heard about swimmer’s ear and the ways to prevent it?
In the summertime, when the weather is hot, what better way for the entire family to cool off than by taking a dip? Unfortunately, this little bit of joy can sometimes bring us some minor inconveniences, and otitis externa, commonly called swimmer's ear, is one of them.
The ear has three main parts: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. As the name implies, the outer ear is the outer part and includes the pinna and ear canal. At the end of the ear canal is the eardrum, which acts as a barrier between the outer and middle ear.
Otitis externa is an inflammation of the external ear canal that may be caused by an infection. Symptoms may include pain (often exacerbated by pulling on the earlobe), itching and a feeling of a blocked ear. Sometimes pus may leak from the ear canal or hearing may be affected.
This type of ear infection can occur after swimming when moisture builds up in the ear canal, sometimes creating conditions for inflammation and bacteria growth. Swimmer’s ear is the most common and well-known form of otitis externa. In addition to swimming, the use of the following items can promote the development of otitis externa:
Summer is conducive to otitis externa, especially in children who often have the opportunity to go swimming.
Here are some tips to prevent swimmer’s ear:
Unlike otitis media, otitis externa is not usually treated with an oral antibiotic. Instead, topical products that are applied to the ear are used. Some of these products are available over-the-counter, while others must be prescribed.
If you want to use antibiotic, anti-inflammatory or other drops to treat otitis externa, note the following:
If you have pain in your ear, an oral pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication may help. Ask your pharmacist to help you choose the best-suited product for you, taking into account your age, health, medical history and other medications you are taking. Ask your pharmacist to calculate the dosage to be given according to age and weight if the medication is intended for a child.
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about the prevention or treatment of otitis externa.
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