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Pruney? Scratchy? Frizzy? Therapists are vulnerable to a wide swath of maladies when they spend all day in the pool. Here are some tips to keep one of them at bay.

aquatic therapist dog earsSwimming pool contractors in Memphis, Tennessee understand that once you have your own swimming pool it’s hard to stay out of the water! They also know that individuals who spend a lot of time in their hot tub or spa run the risk of  developing “swimmer’s ear,” also known as otitis externa. Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the skin in the ear canal and of the outer ear – this differs from an inner ear infection which typically comes with other cold-type symptoms.

Swimmer’s ear is caused when water gets into the ear canal either after swimming or after taking a shower or bath. The water gets lodged in the ear and irritates the ear canal. When this happens fungus and bacteria can cause an infection similar to the type you’d get from a cut. Swimmer’s ear is not contagious.

 To prevent this it’s as easy as purchasing or making your own ear drops and placing them into your ear canal before you jump into your above ground swimming pool. The drops are an equal amount mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Once you’ve mixed the liquids up, put five to 10 drops into each ear right after you get out of the water. Keep the drops in your ear for a few minutes then tip your head to drain the drops out. The use of alcohol evaporates any water that may have gotten into your ear canal and the vinegar will kill any fungus or bacteria that may have gotten into your ear from the Memphis, TN swimming pool water. While this will not treat swimmer’s ear if you get the infection, it could prevent you from developing swimmer’s ear and prevention is better than contracting it.


Another way to prevent swimmer’s ear is by thoroughly drying your – or your child’s – ear as soon a water gets into them. Be cautioned though, to not put objects such as cotton swabs into the ear canal; use a wash cloth to remove the water from the ear canal.


If, even despite precautions, you contract swimmer’s ear you will know it because you will suffer from itching either on the outside or inside the ear canal. Other symptoms include decreased hearing and pain when you touch the small flap that covers your ear canal or you could even feel pain on the side of your face, close to your ear. Having pain in only one ear is an indication of swimmer’s ear but there could also be a greenish-yellow discharge (a sign of infection) from the ear canal.


If you or your child contract swimmer’s ear, it’s best to contact your doctor for treatment as it will not go away on its own. You can relieve the pain of swimmer’s ear by taking pain killers and placing a warm cloth against your ear. With precautions you can enjoy your  pool or hot tub all summer long and not have to worry about “catching” swimmer’s ear. Working with your Memphis, Tennessee swimming pool contractor to keep your water chemically balanced and clean and clear can also help prevent swimmer’s ear.


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