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A 43-year-old member asked:

what are ways to keep from getting swimmers ear?

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Dr. Tal Dagan
Dr. Tal Dagan answered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
The unavoidable: Generally swimmer's ear can occur in people who clean their ears too frequently with q-tips, swimming in unsanitary water but can also happen for reasons that we don't always understand. Keep your ears dry after swimming, watch for alerts of high bacterial counts in the water, protect your ears from irritants like hairsprays or hair dyes, avoid cleaning eras with hard objects to prevent scratches.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Do a lot of people get swimmer's ear?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: We see it constantly in the summer. It is easily treated with topical medications and can be prevented with vinegar/rubbing alcohol drops.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Will my swimmer's ear stop me from going on my vacation?

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Possibly: Swimmers ear (otitis externa) requires antibiotic drops. If they don't have them on board patients can become quite miserable. It can even become life-threatening in diabetic patients. Also the condition requires water avoidance (none in the ear). Make sure you get seen before the vacation to avoid a miserable week!
A 36-year-old member asked:

How to help swimmers ear?

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Dr. Michael Armstrong
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Have it cleaned: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is swimmers ear permanent?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Not permanent: Swimmer's ear describes infection of the external auditory canal. While the infection can be chronic and recurrent, particularly in swimmers and those who tend to get water or moisture in their ear canals, it is not a "permanent" disease.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Whst is the treatment for swimmers ear?

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Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Drying and antibioti: Swimmer's ear is usually a topical infection inthe ear canal. Not the ear drum. Dry the fluid and put in antibiotic drops.

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