The blow dryer hack you didn’t know your kid needed to prevent Swimmer’s ear from Dr. Nkeiru Orajiaka
It’s the peak of summer and we see this quite often.
Swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer part of the ear – the ear canal. It happens when water gets trapped in the ear canal – especially lake, pond or ocean water. That little bit of water is a great place for bacteria to hang out and multiply, causing an infection or gets it inflamed. This can also happen with showering. Swimmer’s ear (outer ear infection) causes pain, swelling and itching. The trick is to keep the area dry as much as possible.
Here are a few tricks:
• Wear earplugs + swim cap (may not always work)
• Keep ear moisturized (drying can make it worse)
• Avoid Q-tips
After swimming and/or showering
• Towel dry thoroughly. pull ear lobe to get more out
• Blow Dryer on low setting, keeping a few inches away.
• Avoid q-tip
• Vinegar:alcohol (1:1) mix. The alcohol helps dry the canal and the vinegar makes the area acidic and prevents bacteria from growing. (talk to your dr first as this should not be used for perforated ear drums)
Most cases are treated with ear drops and rarely oral antibiotics
Does your child get frequent outer ear infection, ever tried this?