A few simple steps before and after swimming or contact with water can greatly reduce your risk of this very painful infection.
These recommendations include:
- Dry your ears after swimming or showering.
- If you’re around water, try to keep ears dry.
- While your ears are wet, do not use foreign objects in the ear canal or remove ear wax yourself because these can irritate skin inside the ear, possibly leading to an infection.
- With a doctor’s consent, use alcohol-based ear drops after swimming.
Itchy, flaky, swollen or painful ears could indicate you have swimmer’s ear. If you notice these symptoms, or have fluid draining from your ears, you should consult us at Impact Urgent Care.