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Remedies for Swimmer’s Ear

Young professional swimmer man covering ears with hands.

While there is an abundance of fun to be had this summer, a good time can be cut short with the presence of a swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear, also known as external otitis, is a bacterial infection of the outer ear canal.

It can occur in acute and chronic forms, and it can also occur in adults and children. Many contract swimmer’s ears through excessive exposure to water, leading to water becoming trapped in the ear. Here are some ways to help relieve the pain and irritation of swimmer’s ear from home.

If symptoms do not subside or if they’re appearing to become worse, call us as soon as you can and we’ll help you get back to normal.

  1. Remove the water from the ears immediately after swimming or becoming exposed to water.
  2. Make sure your ears are dry and that they stay dry. During showering or swimming, use earplugs that are designed to keep water out of the ears. If you don’t have earplugs, use a cotton ball with Vaseline on the outside to plug your ears.
  3. Do not, under any circumstances, scratch the inside of your ear or use cotton swabs. Your skin will become more irritated than it already is and could make the condition worse.
  4. If you wearing hearing aids, remove them. Leave them out as much as you can until swelling has gone away and discharge has stopped.
  5. Consult with your doctor and follow their instructions in regard to the use of medications. Don’t stop using the medication until you have been told to do so. He or she may prescribe antibiotics, pain medications, or antihistamines (to help with itching).
  6. Help prevent infections by using a mix of 50% rubbing alcohol, 25% white vinegar, and 25% distilled water. This will slightly acidify the ear canal while preventing infections caused by bacteria or fungus.
    Contact Lifetime Hearing for help.


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