You will be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Mediterranean ear infection. However, if you have been on holiday to a hot country you may have experienced it first-hand. It consists of itchy sore outer ears from being hot and sweaty ans pending time in the pool and sea whilst on holiday. The medical name for the condition is otitis externa. Examination of the ear canal will show it to to be red, inflamed, weeping. There may be sloughy debris blocking it. It is useful to recognise the condition because avoiding these conditions will help to prevent the condition.
Excessive heat promotes the growth of bacteria and fungi. These secrete chemicals which make your ears itch. Your body fights the infection, also making your ears sore and inflamed. Sea water is full of bacteria. The chlorine in swimming pools can inflame the delicate skin of your ear canal even further. Water softens the skin, making it easier for the germs to get in.
Wearing a good pair of swimming ear plugs can be enough to prevent Mediterranean ear infection completely. ZenPlugs Moulded Swimming Ear Plugs are fitted to the shape of each ear. Because of this they make a tight seal with your ears but without pressing on the delicate lining skin of the ear. The specially-developed thermoplastic is hypoallergenic, waterproof and ideal for keeping water out. We have included Steritouch for good measure. Killing germs really helps to prevent your ears becoming sore and itchy.
Because they are connected on a cord you can find your plugs more easily; the strong polymer last for years of use.
If you’ve got Mediterranean ear definitely don’t stick your fingers or anything else in your ears. This can damage the lining and make the problem worse. Do sit in the shade, wear a hat and keep your ears dry to help prevent the problem. If your ears feel painful or blocked or are showing signs of infection make sure you visit your doctor.