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Swimming is a cracking form of exercise; it’s impact free, and burns a huge load of calories. Essentially, there’s nothing about it not to like! The one thing to bear in mind, however, is a condition called swimmer’s ear: it can be pretty unpleasant and painful. Today, we’re going to take a look at this unique condition.
What is swimmer’s ear?
Swimmer’s ear (known by the technical name of otitis externa) is an infection of the outer ear canal that can cause both pain and discomfort. There is no age limit, so adults and children can both be infected.
Typically, the condition occurs in people who spend a lot of time in the pool, although it can also occur in people with diabetes or weak immune systems.
What are the symptoms?
Swimmer’s ear can occur in a number of different ways, but the main symptom is that the ear canal becomes inflamed, red in colour and sensitive to touch. Ear wax offers a protective layer against the water, but the water itself can wash this away.
On some occasions, swimmer’s ear can be caused by a fungal infection or a pimple in the ear. Typically, the ear will become itchy and on some occasions there may be some clear, white or yellow discharge and on some very rare occasions you may feel dizzy.
How to combat swimmer’s ear?
There are a number of different ways in which you can help to combat this irritating and (at times) painful condition):
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