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Swimmer's Ear Prevention

Prevention

To help reduce your chances of getting otitis externa, or from having the condition recur, take the following steps:

  • Avoid swimming in unclean water.
  • Thoroughly drain and dry the ear and ear canal after swimming or showering.
  • When showering, gently place a cotton ball lightly coated with petroleum jelly into the outer ear to prevent water collection.
  • Do not insert anything into the ear canal, including your finger or cotton swabs.
  • Do not remove ear wax. If you are having problems hearing, see a doctor first.
  • Avoid using ear plugs since they can irritate the lining of the ear canal and can trap water inside the ear.
  • Consider using a tight-fitting swimming cap.
  • Use a white vinegar/rubbing alcohol eardrop solution following swimming. This will help restore the natural healthy environment inside the ear canal.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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