Ear - Swimmer
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- An infection or irritation of the skin that lines the ear canal
- Has recently been swimming or gotten lots of water in the ear canals
- Itchy and somewhat painful ear canal
- Discomfort when the ear is moved up and down
- The ear feels plugged or full
- Discharge may develop as the swimmer's ear becomes worse
- When water repeatedly gets trapped in the ear canal, the lining becomes wet and swollen.
- This makes it prone to a bacterial superficial infection (swimmer's ear).
- Wax buildup also traps water behind it. Usually, this is caused by cotton swabs.
- Ear canals were meant to be dry.
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- Swimmer's ear is not contagious. No need to miss any school or child care.
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HOME CARE ADVICE FOR MILD SWIMMER'S EARWhite Vinegar Rinses:
- Rinse the ear canals twice a day with ½ strength white vinegar (dilute it with equal parts warm water).
- Start by having your child lie down with the affected ear upward.
- Fill the ear canal.
- Wait 5 minutes, then remove the vinegar rinse by turning the head to the side and moving the ear. (Exception: ear tubes or hole in eardrum.)
- Reason: restores the normal acid pH of the ear canal and reduces swelling.
- Continue until the ear canal returns to normal.