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My daughter swims year-round and has started getting swimmer’s ear. Can we prevent these infections? – Jovana
Swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa, is common in kids who spend a lot of time in the water. Water can sit in the ear canal and lead to irritation and infection of the outer ear.
The good news is there are ways to help prevent outer ear infections. Your daughter can:
If her ears still aren’t drying out, talk to your doctor about using ear drops at the end of a swim. These help dry up the water in her ears and prevent infection.
Your daughter should not clean her ears with cotton swabs or put any other objects in her ears. These can scratch the skin and let bacteria or fungi get in. Ear wax is actually good and can protect against swimmer’s ear.
Doctors can treat swimmer’s ear with antibiotic drops. Your daughter should stay out of the pool while she’s recovering. Make sure she uses the antibiotics for as long as the doctor says, even if she feels better sooner. That’s the best way to kill the harmful germs.
Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.
Ear injuries not only can affect a child’s hearing, but sense of balance too. That’s because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.
Earwax helps protect the eardrum and fight infection. Parents shouldn’t attempt to remove earwax at home, as doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child’s hearing.
Is it OK to use cotton swabs to remove earwax?
Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they’re treated.
Many kids have had an ear infection known as external otitis.
Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.
A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.
You swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer’s ear.
Why do our ears make earwax? Find out in this article for kids.
A “popped” eardrum is more than just painful – it can sometimes lead to hearing loss. Learn about ruptured eardrums and how to prevent them.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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