Swimmer’s ear is a painful condition caused when water becomes trapped in the outer or inner ear canal after you swim. It can be quite uncomfortable and may require treatment from a doctor if left untreated. Other times, it may be a short-term issue. To get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options, we encourage patients in the Santa Monica and Torrance, CA, areas to call Dr. Payam Daneshrad of the Daneshrad Clinic to obtain further assistance if necessary. However, mild cases can be addressed with some of the tips below.
How can I clear swimmer’s ear?
To clear or manage swimmer’s ear, try some of these methods:
- Dry your ears thoroughly after swimming. Use a hair dryer to blow air into your ears for about 30 seconds each time you exit the pool or bathtub. This will help dislodge any excess moisture that might be trapped inside your ears.
- Use a warm compress over the affected area to relieve any pain or itchiness. You can use a hot water bottle, a towel soaked in hot water, or even your own body heat to apply pressure on the outer ear.
- Talk with Dr. Payam Daneshrad about using antibiotic drops to clear out any bacteria in your ears. If you suspect that swimmer’s ear has developed into an infection, you may need prescription-strength antibiotics to clear it up quickly and effectively.
- Stay away from pools or tubs if you are experiencing symptoms of swimmer’s ear, such as discomfort, itching, redness, or swelling around the outer ear canal. You should also avoid getting your ears wet for at least a week to allow them to heal.
With these simple tips, you can clear swimmer’s ear quickly and easily!
Call today to discuss your treatment needs for swimmer’s ear
With time and patience, you can clear swimmer’s ear and start enjoying your favorite water activities again! Call Daneshrad Clinic at 310-453-6500 to get a proper diagnosis and discuss your treatment options if problems persist. Dr. Payam Daneshrad is a board-certified otolaryngologist available to assist patients in and around the communities of Santa Monica and Torrance, CA.