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Summer and Swimmers Ear. Symptoms, treatment and prevention

Posted on January 31, 2017

Summer has well and truly arrived and for many, the holiday season is about to end as we head back to work.

Those suffering wax impaction find that after swimming in the summer months their ears can become troublesome. Why you ask? Water logged ears.

While water in the ears can be unpleasant, if you don’t remove it or it doesn’t drain out on its own, then you may have to deal with inflammation, irritation, or infection of the external auditory canal, also known as ‘swimmer ear’.

Today we will discuss the symptoms of swimmers ear, current treatments and where to get help.

Symptoms of swimmers ear

  • Pain
  • Foul-smelling yellow or green pus in the ear canal
  • Decreased hearing
  • Itchiness
  • Tinnitus
Blocked ears caused by swimmers ear

Summer and Swimmers Ear (otitis externa)


 Treatment for swimmers ear

Treatment for swimmer’s ear depends on the severity of the infection and the type of infectious agent, but may include:

  • Thorough cleaning and drainage of the ear canal by micro suction and curettage
  • Measures to keep the ear canal dry, such as using earplugs or a shower cap while bathing
  • Painkillers
  • Heat packs held to the ear
  • Anti-fungal preparations
  • Antibiotic ear drops
  • Steroid-based ear drops
  • A wick inserted into the ear canal to deliver medicated drops close to the eardrum
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Intravenous antibiotics (source)

Prevention for swimmers ear

  • Keep the ears dry whilst undergoing treatment for otitis externa. Blu tac or silicone ear plugs are recommended by Clear Ears staff.
  • Use a shower cap when showering or try using a hair dryer on the lowest setting after you get out of the shower to thoroughly dry the ear canal (be careful not to burn yourself)
  • If possible, avoid swimming until you have finished your antibiotics
  • If you wear a hearing aid, take it out as often as possible to give your ear a chance to dry out; a hearing aid can push wax deeper into the ear canal (source)

Swimmer Ear Education Video


Summer and swimmers-ear


Where to get help

If you have one or more of the above listed symptoms, please seek medical advise or visit the Nurses at Clear Ears for an ear examination and treatment,bookings can be made online at

For more information on swimmers ear, follow these link




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