What Causes Swimmer's Ear? Dr Toby Bateson Explains In This New Video

In the latest video on our YouTube channel Dr Toby Bateson explains 'What Causes Swimmer's Ear'.  He describes the features which include itchiness and soreness. As well as this he talks about how to prevent it with swimming ear plugs.  Our earplugs are antibacterial so actively prevent infection. As well as this they keep out water by creating a custom seal with your ear. This reduces the risk of and prevents swimmers' ear.

The antibacterial compound we use is called Steritouch. It is an amazing, safe, powerful antibacterial proven to destroy the bacteria which cause disease. These include pseudomonas, salmonella spp and even MRSA (methylpenicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus).  This really helps in the battle against swimmer's ear and ear infections associated with earplug use.

The plugs are manufactured from the highest quality thermoplastic. It is biodegradable and is so friendly to your body it is even used for making medical implants.  The plastic softens in hot water and molds to your ear canal in a few minutes. It gives you a simple one-stage molding process you can carry out yourself at home. In this way it saves you a large quantity of money and your precious time compared to visiting the audiologist.

Our plugs from www.zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs/ are designed especially to be used in the pool and the sea. This is because you can choose to connect them on a cord which can easily be fastened to the zipper on your wetsuit. This means you don't lose them if they fall out when you are in the sea.  It is a great idea to select a vibrant colour so you can easily spot them if they fall out onto the floor of the pool or the beach.

Swimmer's ear is predisposed by ear conditions and skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.  These are inflammatory conditions which can cause redness, itching and weeping from the ear.  Microscopic breaches in the skin of the ear canal can let germs into the dermis. This results in infection which could require treatment with antibiotics.  Treat the underlying condition before going back in the water to help prevent the increased risk of swimmer's ear.  Antibiotic drops or creams may be required as well as steroid creams. It is definitely advisable to keep the ears dry until the condition settles down.  Wear earplugs when in the shower, particularly if you are washing your hair. Otherwise soap may get in and cause inflammation and soreness to flare.

Dr Toby Bateson for ZenPlugs