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As temperatures heat up, parents and kids are usually on the lookout for fun outdoor summer activities like swimming at a pool or beach. Unfortunately, sometimes a fun beach day leads to an uncomfortable ear infection known as swimmer's ear. You can find out more about swimmer’s ear, how to prevent this common condition, and the best swimmer’s ear treatment.
Swimmer’s ear is a common ear infection that can cause discomfort in the ear canal, including itching and tenderness. After you or the kids have gone swimming, water can get trapped in the ear canal, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish. Since children sometimes have a difficult time communicating symptoms, it’s important to know the signs of this infection and what might help prevent it. What can you do to stave off swimmer’s ear this summer?
Luckily, parents and caretakers can help children -- and others of any age -- avoid this uncomfortable bacterial infection by following these tips:
Before proceeding with any swimmer's ear treatment, be sure to get an accurate diagnosis from a trusted healthcare professional. A doctor will usually clean the outer ear canal before prescribing ear drops for swimmer's ear. An antibiotic, steroid, acidic solution or anti-fungal medication may also be prescribed, and a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be suggested to reduce discomfort. If initial treatments are not effective, oral antibiotics might be prescribed.
It can be difficult to keep a watchful eye over active children at all times. If your children are at summer camp or just visiting friends, they may not remember to take necessary steps to avoid getting water into their ears -- or to dry ears after swimming. If you notice your child is experiencing discharge or discomfort in and around the ear canal, seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you're able to get a diagnosis soon after the onset of symptoms, it can be easier to treat the bacterial infection and also prevent the condition from advancing.
For diagnosis and treatment of swimmer’s ear or other common ear infections, contact your local CareSpot when you or a loved one is experiencing pain around the ear canal.