If you have a child who spends most Summer days in the water, you've most likely witnessed how painful swimmer's ear can be. Swimmer's ear, also known as acute external otitis or otitis externa, is an infection in the outer ear canal (running from your eardrum to the outside of your head). The most common cause of swimmer's ear is bacteria invading the skin inside your ear canal. It's often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming.
The best way to reduce the chances of getting swimmer’s ear is to take some easy precautions:
- Dry ears with a towel after swimming
- Tilt your head to each side to allow any excess water to drain
- Don’t insert anything into ears, and especially avoid the use of cotton swabs to clean ears
- Use a hairdryer on the lowest setting to help alleviate moisture in the ear
- Use ear plugs or a swim cap when swimming, especially in a river or lake
Ear plugs are the preferred way to prevent swimmer's ear; however, the trial-and-error process to determine which over-the-counter ones work and fit best can be quite frustrating for parents (and kids). We've spent many years testing different products and have taken the guess work out of it for you. Our #1 recommendation is the AquaSeal Custom Flotable Swim Plugs.
AquaSeal Custom Floatable Swim Plugs
These swim plugs are custom molded with easy-grip molded handles for placement and removal; include "right" and "left" markings; and are made with a soft, velvety silicone. Kids love them because they get to pick the color (or color(s) if they want the swirl option) to match their swimsuits, swim team, or just their fun personalities. Parents love them because they're bright (read: easy to find), they float (again, easy to find), and they keep ears perfectly clean and dry. With AquaSeal swim plugs, we simply take an impression of the ear (a quick, easy, and painless procedure), send off the impression with the color selections, and then the new ear plugs arrive 7-10 days later.
If you're interested in scheduling an appointment or learning more, feel free to call us. Don't wait until the last minute; swim season is here!