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Is it Swimmer’s Ear or Something Else?

Have you ever noticed your ear start itching and getting red a few days after swimming? If your ear starts feeling full and tender, you may need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marc Dean.

Otitis Externa

You may have otitis externa, also known as swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear is a common infection of the outer ear that runs from the eardrum to the outside of the head. The infection is caused by contaminated water remaining in the ear for an extended period of time, which can lead to bacteria or fungi growth, irritation, and tissue damage.

Treating Swimmer’s Ear

If it’s not treated properly, otitis externa can cause serious problems. To make sure you heal properly, try not to swim, fly, or wear headphones or earplugs until your swimmers ear symptoms go away. It’s also important to avoid getting water in the ear while bathing to reduce the risk of further infection.

Swimmer’s Ear Prevention

There are a few tips you can follow to prevent otitis externa in the future:

  • Use towels to dry your ears after swimming or bathing. To ensure no water gets stuck in the ear canal, tilt your head to hold each ear facing down to allow water to escape the ear canal
  • Ask a lifeguard or pool worker if the pH levels are checked daily. A good pH balance will decrease the chance of getting contaminated water in the ear.
  • Speak to a physician before using ear drops regularly after swimming.

Call our Fort Worth office at 817.332.4060 if you’re experiencing pain after swimming, or if you want more information on preventing swimmer’s ear.

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