If your child spends most of their summer days in the water, you've likely seen 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 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 process to determine which over-the-counter ones work and fit best can be quite frustrating for everyone involved. We've spent 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 choose a color (or color(s)) to match their swimsuits, swim team, or simply their fun personalities. Parents love them because they're easy to spot and they float, which makes them hard to lose and easy to find if they do get misplaced. They also keep children’s ears dry and clean while swimming. 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!