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Doctor insights on: Dry Land Exercises For Swimmers And Water Polo Players

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My daughter gets nose bleeds. She is a swimmer and a water polo player. Her nose bleeds last around 20 to 30 mins. what should I do?

My daughter gets nose bleeds. She is a swimmer and a water polo player. Her nose bleeds last around 20 to 30 mins. what should I do?

Supportive care: Nosebleeds are common when the mucosal lining of the nose gets irritated or inflamed, which could be worsened by constant exposure to chlorinated water. I would recommend saline drops or, better yet, vaseline at night and before her polo practice/matches to prevent irritation & associated bleeding. If this doesn't help, she may need to have the vessels cauterized w/ silver nitrate by a doctor. ...Read more

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How do you safely remove a swimmer with a possible head injury from the water?

How do you safely remove a swimmer with a possible head injury from the water?

Immobilization: If the swimmer has a head injury, assume he has a neck injury as well. The neck must be immobilized and the head kept in a neutral position (looking straight up when on the back). If you have a float floatation device (surfboard, boogie board) and a 2nd rescuer, place the board directly underneath the swimmer's head and upper back. ...Read more

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Would it be unhealthy to have water trapped in your ear when you have swimmers ear?

Would it be unhealthy to have water trapped in your ear when you have swimmers ear?

Can happen: If there is enough swelling of the skin/tissue in the ear canal, fluids (both internal and external) can get trapped in there. I've seen all kinds of secretions in ears related to otitis externa (swimmer's ear). Once you start the drops, often which contain a topical steroid, the swelling will go down and that feeling of trapped fluid will quickly resolve. ...Read more

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Do you think it could be bad if i cleaned my ear that has swimmers ear with a water pick?

Do you think it could be bad if i cleaned my ear that has swimmers ear with a water pick?

Yes: Water that is not sterile contains some bacteria. That with a compromised ear canal that includes a bacterial infection is not going to help. You need debridement and antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have swimmer's ear, and I can hear the slushing of water in my ear, is that bad?

I have swimmer's ear, and I can hear the slushing  of water in my ear, is that bad?

Yes: Having water in your ear right after swimming is not usually harmful. If it lasts longer then you might try a few of the over the counter products for swimmers ear. Last alternative if it lasts for a while, days, is to call your md. ...Read more

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I have swimmer's ear, and I tried the drops for 2 days. But it's not working. Is earwax keeping the water in?

I have swimmer's ear, and I tried the drops for 2 days. But it's not working. Is earwax keeping the water in?

Swimmer's ears: Many times, if the ear canal is swollen or it is impacted by debris, your ENT will need to clear the debris and place a wick to help keep the antibiotic solution in contact with the infected skin; otherwise, it will take much longer for it to work. Lay on your side and have someone put 3-4 drops slowly in the exposed ear canal. Stay in that position for 5-10 minutes, then repeat on the other side. ...Read more

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I think i have swimmers ear (water trapped in my ear) its not causing me any pain but is really annoying. What will remove the water?

I think i have swimmers ear (water trapped in my ear) its not causing me any pain but is really annoying. What will remove the water?

See below.: You can use an over-the-counter product called Swim-ear or Auri-dry.These are drops that you put in your ear and should help to dry out the water.If they cause pain,or this feeling continues,you should see your doctor to make sure that water is the cause.Swimmer's ear is when the water causes an infection of the skin of the ear canal. Please see your doctor if this does not help. ...Read more

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Do swimmers get that rear disease call amoeba because water goes up the nose when they swim?

Do swimmers get that rear disease call amoeba because water goes up the nose when they swim?

Amoebic disease: Infection from naegleria fowleri, the organism responsible for amoebic meningoencephalitis, is quite rare. The organism tends to live in warm, stagnant freshwater, and there are typically only a few cases worldwide every year. I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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I have swimmer's ear. I am using Ofloxacin. It's been 4 days hearing still muffled and feels full of water. Is it normal?

I have swimmer's ear. I am using Ofloxacin. It's been 4 days hearing still muffled and feels full of water. Is it normal?

Get evaluation: it should be getting better. it's possible you have an inner ear infection (otitis media) if the topical Rx isn't working. Go see a doctor to have your ear looked at (or in :) ...Read more