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Keeping your ears healthy while swimming | Preventing swimmer's ear

Keeping your ears healthy while swimming | Preventing swimmer's ear

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Wellness

(Slideshow) Check out these tips to help keep your ears healthy while swimming this summer.

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Dry your ears after swimming: You can drain the water out of the ear by tipping the head and repeat on the other side. If necessary, you can carefully use a hairdryer set on the coolest setting and hold 12 inches away from your ear.

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Maintain a healthy amount of ear wax: Ear wax has a natural germ-fighting agent that protects the delicate skin in the ears. Some ear wax is healthy, and it plays an important role in preventing infections.

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Be gentle to the skin in your ear canal: You should avoid scratching or vigorous cleaning with cotton swabs or other objects that can cause small tears and damage the skin around your ear canal.

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Swim smart: Swimmers should avoid swimming if water has a high bacterial count.

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Be prepared: Have an over-the-counter ear drying solution on hand to help keep ears dry after swimming. They are available at most local drugstores.

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Talk to your doctor before swimming: If you’ve had an ear infection or surgery, play it safe and discuss with your doctor.

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Contact your doctor: If you have pain, fever or mild signs or symptoms of swimmer's ear, contact your doctor.

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