If you have an ear infection you will need to visit a medical practitioner. They are likely to prescribe you some ear-drops as this is the treatment for ear infections. These may contain a steroid such as hydrocortisone as well as an antibiotic such as gentamicin. They may also contain an anti-fungal such as acetic acid (vinegar). If left without treatment otitis externa can spread to become otitis media. Inflammation in the middle ear prevents fluid draining via the Eustachian tube into the nasal cavity. The liquid accumulates behind the eardrum and becomes colonised by bacteria. The pressure rises in the ear causing pain and can result in a perforated eardrum. This relieves the pain by releasing the pressure and gives a discharge of pus.
Otitis media may progress if left untreated. This can result in permanent damage to hearing. It can also cause infection of the bone, osteomyelitis. Meningitis can occur if it spreads through the thin bone of the skull into the membranes surrounding the brain. Ear plugs are a great preventative. Our molded ear plugs are highly effective at keeping water from the ears and can help prevent otitis externa. They are available from here. If you think you may have otitis media it is important that you visit a medical practitioner. They may give you antibiotic eardrops and/or oral antibiotics to treat it. More information on ear disorders is available on our homepage.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STOP SWIMMER'S EAR INFECTION?
Swimmer's ear is a common ear infection caused by swimming in the sea or the swimming pool. Usually it happens when people swim frequently or for a long time but susceptible people may develop it after only a time or two in the water. Itching and soreness are early signs which may progress to an infection needing treatment if left unchecked for some time. You can stop swimmer's ear infection through the following measures;
- Keep the ears dry. This may mean not swimming for a time if you think the problem may be developing.
- Rinse your ears. If you do swim you can prevent swimmer's ear by rinsing the ears with clean water or surgical alcohol after getting them wet.
- Use ear plugs for swimming. Regular use of swimming ear plugs can prevent swimmer's ear infection. ZenPlugs Molded Swimming Ear Plugs make the perfect choice as they are waterproof and individually molded to each of the ears. This makes them incredibly comfortable and amazing at repelling water from your ears. They are antibacterial so are excellent at preventing swimmer's ear. They can be optionally connected using supplied cord to prevent you from losing them. Available in several bright colours so you won't lose them if you let go of them on the beach.