Swimmer’s ear

If using a special instrument to look into the swimmer's ear, with high probability we can see irritated and reddened ear canal with a small amount of sulfur. This is a classic case of the so-called "swimmer's ear", which is a manifestation of otitis externa.

All that is required for the "long-playing" an infectious disease called "swimmer's ear" is a pair of ears and neprosyhayuschaya humidity. In the ears constantly gets water during swimming, showering, washing with shampoo. When people try to dry them with a cotton swab to remove the top layer of skin along with the protective bacteria. Then defeat harmful bacteria and becomes inflamed.

"Swimmer's ear" begins with itching. If left untreated, the infection process will get worse and the pain that can be excruciating. This will require medical care and antibiotics to suppress it.

With simple measures you can prevent the development or worsening pain in the ear after bathing or swimming:

Dry the ears. Remove moisture from the ears every time she gets there, no matter whether you have otitis media. Pull ear shell upwardly and outwardly to align the ear canal and the ear direct the air stream of the heat gun at a distance of 45 — 50 cm at the level of the slider of the "cold" or "warm" and let the hair dryer blowing for 30 seconds. So you dry the ear, eliminating the moisture that is favorable for the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Wear a cap and plug the ears. Talk avid swimmer, so he was not in the water, it's like saying, someone that he was not breathing. The ideal combination is a pair of ear plugs and cap, holding them in place. Most pharmacies are paraffin or silicone plugs. You can make a solid plug for the ear. Smear Vaseline on a cotton ball and gently shove it as a stopper in his ear, but shallow. It will absorb any moisture, keeping your ear warm and dry. Keep your ears dry is especially important for people who are prone to otitis. Do not forget to plug our ears when shampooed hair with shampoo or take a shower.

Swim on the surface. Even if you currently otitis externa ("swimmer's ear"), you can continue to swim. Swim to the surface of the water, with less water enters the ear than when you are diving.

Leave alone the earwax. Earwax serves several purposes, including fuels useful bacteria and protects the ear extending from moisture. No need to remove it.

Soothes pain with warmth. The warm towel straight from the dryer, wrapped in a cloth with hot water bottle, heating pad during operation "heat" will also help soothe the pain.

Use ear drops. Most pharmacies are ear drops that kill bacteria. If the itching in the ear is the only symptom of these drugs should eliminate the threat of infection. Use them every time the water reaches your ears.

Use pain relievers as a temporary measure. If you have a sore ear that indicates infection, a tool such as aspirin will help you cope with the pain until you see a doctor.

Choose a place to swim. In the pool, which is closely monitored are less likely to pick up bacteria than in the pond. Do not swim in dirty water.

If you wear a hearing aid, you can earn otitis externa, even close to the water. The hearing aid has the effect of plugging the ear. When it is worn humidity increases, promoting the growth of harmful bacteria. The solution? Remove the hearing aid as often as possible in order to give a chance to dry the ear.

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