Swimmers Ear: Prevention with Custom Swimmer’s Plugs in Glenmont
Like most health problems, when it comes to swimmers ear, prevention is always better than cure. But what is swimmers ear, and how can you prevent it from occuring?
Swimmer’s ear is the common name for Otitis externa, which is the inflammation of the skin of the ear canal. Otitis externa can be caused by bacterial or fungal infection, and the skin of ear canal swells and may become painful to touch. When someone looks in the ear of a person suffering from Otitis externa, the canal will appear red and swollen.
Prevention and Treatment of Swimmers Ear
The best way to prevent swimmers ear is to block water from being able to enter the ear canal. This is best achieved with custom swimmers plugs in Glenmont from a hearing specialists such as hEARt Ear Boutique. There are many other ways to keep water from entering the ear, and many products to assist with doing so, but not all products do a good job of preventing swimmers ear.
Safety Tips & Preventing Swimmers Ear:
- Never use cotton buds or swabs as a way to block water from entering the ear canal.
- Never swim in polluted water as it is very dangerous.
- Custom swimmers plugs are the best option – but hard and poorly fitting ear plugs can harm the ear canal to a very large extent.
- Always clean and dry used earplugs, or use disposable plugs
When swimmers ear is very mild, restricting yourself for few days from swimming or washing your hair – or any other activity that may result in water entering the ear – usually results in a cure. Eardrops containing antibiotics (either antibacterial or antifungal) are also a popular treatment of the problem. Self-treatment with non-prescription remedies can be dangerous, however, and should be avoided. See your doctor for proper treatment and let Glenmont hearing specialists protect you with a custom-fit swimmer’s plugs. At a point where canal swelling leads to the blockage of ear canal there is no use of ear drops because they are not able to penetrate far enough into the ear.
Although the treatments for swimmers ear are many, proper safety is a must in order to prevent further damage to the ear. Improper treatment can lead to hearing loss as well as other concerns. To learn more about custom swimmers plugs contact your Glenmont hearing aids boutique, hEARt Ear Boutique, today.
– By Robert J. LaCosta, BC-HIS
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013