Swimmer’s Ear Protection and Prevention
As the country basks in the summer sunshine and inevitably heads or the closest swimming pool, here is something you may not have considered. As well as putting on your sunscreen, don’t forget to cover up your ears with some custom moulded swimming plugs when you take the plunge!
Excess moisture due to swimming or perspiration (both of which we are doing a lot of a present!) can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in your ears. Swimmer’s ear, also known as otitis externa, is an infection of the outer ear canal. Your ear canals have natural defences that prevent infection and keep your ears clean. While wax can seem irritating, it’s actually protective and prevents the growth of bacteria. Your ears actually can be too clean; the wax within them helps contain bacteria and stops them from getting down deep, next to your eardrum.
The common symptoms of infection to look out for include itching, redness or pain of the canal, which can feel worse by pulling on the outer ear (pinna). Long-term infection, deep-tissue infection, bone and cartilage damage, and a more widespread infection are possible.
Preventing the condition is relatively simple: Keep your ears as dry as you can. Using a swimming cap or earplugs while swimming can help prevent swimmer’s ear, though some water still can get in. Be sure to dry your ears completely after swimming. And do your best to drain any residual water from your ear canal by tilting your head to the side.
Get in touch with us today to order a pair of your very own custom moulded swimming plugs and enjoy the rest of your summer!