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Detect swimmer’s ear

Current living 10 February, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Swimmer’s ear is inflammation or an infection of the outer ear and ear canal. It is most common among children or people who spend a lot of time in the water.

Being in the water is not the only cause of swimmer’s ear, however. According to the medical encyclopedia MedlinePlus, it may also result from respiratory infections (such as colds), injuries or eczema, or may be caused by an object that is stuck in the ear.

The main symptom of swimmer’s ear is pain that intensifies when pressure is placed on the outer ear, or pain form chewing. It can also cause itchiness or make you feel like your ear is plugged. When the infection is serious, it can produce swelling and a yellow or greenish discharge. Also read: Youth and sports: An opportunity, not an obligation (article in Spanish)

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is best to see a specialist as soon as possible to prevent complications. Treatment generally consists of taking antibiotic ear drops for 10 to 14 days, as well as painkillers to reduce the pain. Depending on the physician’s discretion, other treatment may include the prescription of oral antibiotics, steroids or vinegar ear drops.

While you have swimmer’s ear or are under treatment for it, avoid swimming or submerging your head underwater. When showering, place a little bit of cotton in your ears to prevent water from entering and do not use cotton swabs to clean your ears, as this can increase the risk of infection and pose a threat to your ear canal.