Summer is the perfect time to spend days in the sun and hours in the pool. For kids and adults alike, however, swimmer’s ear is a surefire way to ruin your day and keep you out of the water. If you are worried about swimmer’s ear for yourself and your family, there are many ways to avoid it. If you’re hoping to prevent swimmer’s ear this summer, here are a few easy steps to take to keep you and your family happy and healthy.
First things first, what is Swimmer’s Ear?
Swimmer’s Ear is infection of the outer ear. This type of infection happens when your ear has prolonged exposure to water and isn’t properly dried after swimming. It is especially common in water with high bacteria counts. This is different than ear infections kids typically get when they get sick, otitis media, or an infection of the middle ear.
How to Avoid Swimmer’s Ear
While it can be difficult to completely avoid swimmer’s ear for those who spend a lot of time in the water, there are many proactive steps you can take to avoid it including:
Avoid Dirty Water
The more bacteria in the water, the more likely you are to get swimmer’s ear. Avoiding lakes with questionable levels of pollution, dirty parts of the ocean, and other potentially contaminated bodies of water is an easy way to lower your risk of swimmer’s ear. Poorly maintained public pools and other swimming facilities that aren’t regularly regulated can also put you at high risk for swimmers ear.
Keep Your Ears Dry
The easiest way to eliminate a diseases that come from prolonged exposure to water in your ears is to simply keep water out of your ears while swimming. Using a swimming cap can keep water out of your ears to some degree. Using the acQuaMD to remove water from your ears after swimming is a surefire way to dry your ears after swimming and reduce your risk of swimmer’s ear. This technology uses ultrasonic vibrations to remove water from the ear, which significantly reduces your risk of waterborne infection.
Don’t Put Foreign Objects in Your Ear
Putting foreign objects in your ears will also increase your risk of swimmer’s ear. Aggressively cleaning your ears with cotton swabs and similar objects can actually do more harm than good to your ear canals. People who frequently use headphones or hearing aids can also be at increased risk for swimmers ear.
At acQuaMD, we believe in making the most of summer. That means being proactive about preventative ear care so swimmers ear doesn’t keep you on dry dock when the sun is out. To learn more about acQuaMD and preventing swimmer’s ear, visit our website today!
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