Swimming Equipment

Written by Amy Hall
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Swimmer's ear can plague certain people who for some reason or another are more prone to this condition. If you are one of those people who seems to succumb to swimmer's ear frequently, you may want to invest in some tools that will minimize your chances of developing an outer ear infection. Talk to your doctor about the best ways to prevent swimmer's ear, and ask him or her specifically about earplugs and ear dryers.

If you swim frequently, you may want to purchase silicone putty molds that conform to the contours of your ears. This type of earplug works better than a standard "one size fits all" earplug that may not fit your ear well. You can place the silicone putty mold in your ear and press it into the shape of your ear opening. Doing this will keep water from entering your ears in the first place.

What to Do about Trapped Water in the Ears

If water does become trapped in your ears, the best way to prevent infection is to dry your ear canals thoroughly. You can do this in one of two ways. First, an ear dryer is now available without a prescription to the public. This device is small and lightweight, and similar in shape to an ear thermometer. You simply place the ear dryer into the opening of the air and turn it on. A fan will blow air into the ear canal, drying any trapped water within a minute.

If you do not have an ear dryer, you can use a hairdryer instead. However, you must be careful not to burn your ear by placing the dryer on a cool setting. Within a minute or two, you should be able to eliminate any trapped water in the ear that could lead to potential problems.

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