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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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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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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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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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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

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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, and I used a q-tip to try and get the water out of my ear. Now it feels blocked, will I have hearing loss?

I have swimmer's ear, and I used a q-tip to try and get the water out of my ear. Now it feels blocked, will I have hearing loss?

Uncertain: See your fp or an ENT specialist to examine ear & make sure you haven't perforated the eardrum. Doc can offer treatment either way. In future, keep q-tips out of the ear canals; use them only for the outer ear. Doc can also suggest treatment for swimmer's ear in the future. ...Read more

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I had water in my ear so I used ear drops for swimmers ear. Now I can't hear and the drops are stuck in my ear.

I had water in my ear so I used ear drops for swimmers ear. Now I can't hear and the drops are stuck in my ear.

Get ear checked.: If your over the counter remedy hasn't fixed the problem, and you have lost your hearing then you definitely need to have a doctor peer inside your ear to make sure that you haven't developed a hole in your ear drum, or gotten a middle ear infection. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ear drop if necessary. ...Read more

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Surfer. Had swimmers ear in 1 ear,pain on n off. Didn't go in water for one month and took amox for 10 days. First day back in water had pain in ear. ?

Surfer. Had swimmers ear in 1 ear,pain on n off. Didn't go in water for one month and took amox for 10 days. First day back in water had pain in ear. ?

Swimmers Ear: Amoxicillin is not the appropriate treatment for otitis externa (swimmers ear). Staying out of the water is part of the treatment but you may need ear drops. I like ciprodex which is part steroid and part antibiotic. Your swimmer's ear may never have resolved in the first place. I would advise you see a doctor and have them look in your ear to see if you still have it. ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter has mild asthma and is a competitive swimmer. Would an inhaler before swimming help her not get short of breath in the water?

My 6 year old daughter has mild asthma and is a competitive swimmer. Would an inhaler before swimming help her not get short of breath in the water?

Most likely yes: 90% of patients with asthma will have symptoms that are exacerbated by exercise. In those patients I have them take 2 puffs of their albuterol inhaler 15-20 minutes prior to exercise in an attempt to prevent the asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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I have what I think is swimmers ear or water in my left ear from multiple days in the ocean. It is now day 4 and no relief despite using oxygen peroxi?

I have what I think is swimmers ear or water in my left ear from multiple days in the ocean. It is now day 4 and no relief despite using oxygen peroxi?

Swimmers ear: Clean the ear from accumulated debris and wax. We often get such infections in areas where medical help is not readily available. A DIY solution often involves flushing or cleaning the ear canal ( kids water gun) followed by flush of 1/2 strength white vinegar that creates an unfriendly growth environment for bacteria. Using white vinegar as preventive after a swim can also be helpful. ...Read more

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Can a ear tube cause swimmer's ear infection if you accidentally get water in your ear.?

Can a ear tube cause swimmer's ear infection if you accidentally get water in your ear.?

Otorrhea: What can happen with an ear tube in place is that the water goes through the tube into the middle ear and causes an infection in the middle ear. This then drains out into the ear canal(called otorrhea with intact tympanostomy tube). It is best treated with antibiotic ear drops that an ENT doctor can prescribe for you. ...Read more

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I have swimmer's ear and I have water in my ears and used a q-tip and yellow ear wax came out. Is that what's holding the water in?

I have swimmer's ear and I have water in my ears and used a q-tip and yellow ear wax came out. Is that what's holding the water in?

Yes: Wax build up is the ear canal is very common. Some people suffer from it more then others. Water can get trapped between the ear drum and the wax. This increase the chance of infection especially the outer ear which we refer to as swimmer's ear or otitis externa. Infection can also sets in from impaction of the wax which is caused by q-tip usage. ...Read more

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I went swimming and I have water trapped on my ear. I used swimmers ear drops, peroxide, alcohol and vinegar mixture, yet I have no relief.

I went swimming and I have water trapped on my ear.  I used swimmers ear drops, peroxide, alcohol and vinegar mixture, yet I have no relief.

Cerumen : Cerumen or "wax" in the ear canal can trap water against the tympanic membrane (ear drum). Rubbing alcohol helps dehydrate the ear canal. If this persists an otaryngologist should take a look and remove the wax, skin debris or hair causing these symptoms. ...Read more

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