Summer swimming causing ear aches and infections.

It’s that time of the year when we are spending more time in the water. This may lead to water becoming trapped in the ear causing discomfort after swimming.

Usually the water will drain out naturally or you see people doing the jig, jumping and bobbing their head to one side trying to dislodge the water. This often helps and is usually successful.

Water trapped in your ear may cause an infection. Some people are more prone to this due to the shape of their ear canals.

It is important to know some of the possible signs and symptoms of an ear infection

Some of the symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Sensation of a block ear / ears
  • Decreased hearing
  • Discharge
  • Itching or irritation inside the ear
  • Buzzing or humming
  • Children may be pulling at their ear

Do not clean your ear with anything such as a cotton bud. The cotton may come away and remain in your ear causing another problem. The ear has a nice cleaning mechanism which most of the time works very efficiently.

If you do have any concerns it is important to seek medical advice