Pool Water in Ear
Pool activities can greatly increase children’s risk of contracting the painful condition known as swimmer’s ear. Annoying water in the ear canal can become clogged along with harmful waterborne bacteria, which can quickly penetrate the ear canal causing serious and painful symptoms. Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include ear discomfort, pain, redness, swelling, swollen lymph nodes around the ear, heightened sensitivity, feeling of blockage in the ear canal, or ear discharge. It can also cause various levels of pain while chewing, fever, reduction of hearing or even cause temporary hearing loss. Parents noticing any of these symptoms in their child should contact a doctor as soon as possible. Towel drying, tilting of the head, and pulling on ear lobes may not be effective enough to dislodge water; therefore, it is necessary to take precaution immediately to avoid contacting swimmer’s ear.
Prevent Swimmer’s Ear with Swim-EAR
Medicated eardrops offer a simple, effective solution to prevent swimmer’s ear and related symptoms, after every swim. Eardrops can be applied directly following water activity; thereby, immediately drying water inside the ear canal. Swim-EAR is an FDA approved, preventative solution that is safe and effective. It is available non-prescription and OTC, in Walgreens, and both in store and online at Wal-Mart in areas such as Galveston, Texas; Branson, Missouri; and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Swim-EAR is not for children experiencing symptoms of swimmer’s ear such as pain, present swimmer’s ear infection, perorated eardrum, broken skin or ear discharge.
Today, even apparently clear pool or sea water contains pollutants and harmful bacteria.