Description Of The Injury: Swimmer’s ear is the painful inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear. When water gets trapped in the ear it can allow bacteria to spread, which causes irritation. Swimmer’s ear starts in the outer ear, but can spread to other parts of the ear if it remains untreated, causing further pain and possible hearing loss.
Injury Symptoms: Common symptoms include itchiness, worsening pain as the ear is tugged, drainage, fever, sensation that the ear is blocked or full, decreased hearing, and redness and swelling of the skin around the ear.
Eardrops can be made to dry out the ears by using rubbing alcohol or a mixture of half alcohol and half vinegar. Apply into the ear canal to dry out excess water after checking to see if the eardrum is not punctured in any way.
Professional Medical Treatments:
Careful cleaning of the ear canal and eardrops that hamper bacterial growth are commonly used in the early stages of swimmer’s ear as treatment. Antibiotics are often used to treat more severe cases of ear infection. Most infections heal in 7 to 10 days with appropriate treatment.
Physical Therapy and Exercises:
There are no physical therapy solutions or exercises to prevent or help heal swimmer’s ear.
Exercise Techniques to Prevent Injury:
The best way to prevent swimmers ear is to not let water get in your ears. Swim with ear plugs or use a dry towel or hair dryer to dry out your ears after swimming.