Swimmer's ear infection is a surprisingly common problem amongst those who swim. Dirty sea water and irritating swimming pool chlorine both lead to inflammation and infection in the ear. Itching and soreness are early signs. They can lead to pain, discharge, muffled hearing, redness and swelling.
The treatment involves keeping the ear dry and using ear drops. They contain a magical combination of antibiotic, an antifungal such as acetic acid and a steroid to reduce inflammation.
Severe cases with deep-seated infection may require antibiotics by mouth as well.
Prevention is most certainly better than any cure. Use our ear plugs from http://zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs/ that keep water out of your ears and rinse them with clean water or surgical alcohol after swimming. Take precautions and avoid getting the ears wet at the first sign of infection.
ZenPlugs Ear Plugs from http://zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs/ are ideal because they are antibacterial and individually fitted to your ears. This makes them spot-on for blocking water and preventing swimmer's ear infection.
They can be connected with a loop to stop you from losing them. They are brightly coloured so you can find them easily. This is useful when you drop them on the sand, the side of the pool or in the footwell of your car amongst the crisp packets and old print-outs from work.