Swimming is a sport which is enjoyed year round. There are many complications a swimmer may encounter and should be aware of with this sport. One of the most common and painful conditions a swimmer can develop is external otitis or "swimmer's ear". External otitis is a bacterial inflammation of the ear canal. In swimmers, it is mainly caused by an increased amount of water, self-manipulation (using cotton swabs) and neglecting to adequately dry the canal area.
- Ear pain
- Hearing loss
- Pain when earlobe pulled
- Abstain from swimming
- Analgesics prescribed by physician
- Ear solution in combination with an antibacterial medication as prescribed by physician
- Immediately remove trapped water by shaking head after swim.
- Never use cotton swabs, ear plugs, or any other instrument which will breakdown tissue and create bacterial growth.