Irritation of water in ear
The human earlobe is uniquely designed to protect the inner mechanisms from the elements and look to us for swimmer's ear cures. The shape of the lobe deftly channels debris and water in ear canals away from the inner organs so they can stay healthy and continue to function properly. But, ours in not a perfect world. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are and how perfectly shaped your earlobe is, moisture still gets in and causes infection. Most people know a little of what to do for swimmer's ear, but some of it bears repeating.
What to do for swimmer's ear
Water in ear passages usually drains out harmlessly on its own, and ears receive further natural defense from the buildup of earwax. However, in some cases moisture gets through, causing irritation and even infection. When this occurs, carefully and gently clean just the outer area and use a few drops of alcohol to dry up the moisture. Apply a topical treatment or try prevention with custom earplugs to clear up irritation and infection, and do try to avoid swimming until you're fully healed.
For more advice on what to do for swimmer's ear, read our other articles and of course, consult your family physician for treatment in severe cases.
Before irritation takes hold
Of course, the best cure for infections cause by water in ear passages is to keep moisture from infiltrating in the first place. Prevention is key, and key to prevention is an affective barrier in the ears. This is where Cirrus Healthcare Products can help. Use our locations tool to find a retail store near you that carries earplugs and infection cures.