If you swim regularly you might find that your ears become itchy, sore, red inflamed, flaky and start to discharge fluid. This is swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa. The disorder can be caused by sea or pool water penetrating the skin lining your ear canal. Here it causes inflammation and irritation in the dermis underneath. Fingers and pens poked into sore ears worsen the situation by damaging the skin and prolonging the infection. Otitis externa can spread to become otitis media, infection behind the eardrum. This can cause pain, ruptured ear drum and pus discharge from the ear.
ZenPlugs Ear Plugs from http://zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs are ideal for swimming because they contain Steritouch. It is a silver-based compound which kills bacteria for the life of the ear plugs. It kills Staph. aureus, Pseudomonas and other pathogenic bacteria known to cause ear infections, as shown in the diagram on the right. They can also be connected on a cord and tied to your wetsuit so you don't lose them. Available in a range of colours so you can see them if you drop them on the beach or in the pool. Prevention is better than cure!
Are you looking for earplugs which are comfortable, effective, long-lasting and hygienic? Fitted ear plugs might be the way forward for you. Kits are available from ZenPlugs which allow you to mould fitted ear plugs to your ears yourself at home. They cost a fraction of the cost of having your ears moulded by an audiologist. Because each ear plug is moulded individually they fit much better and create a much more comfortable seal with your ear. They blocking sound, water, and anything else you don't want in your ears. The fitted earplugs are antibacterial, colourful, hypoallergenic and even biodegrable. Check out the Earplug Reviews Website for reviews of fitted earplugs. Hope you find some which suit.
Image courtesy of http://steritouch.com/. Many thanks to them.