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How to Prevent Swimmer's Ear

Watch more How to Have Fun at the Beach videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Prevent swimmer's ear by taking these precautions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Don't over-clean the inside of your ears. Earwax is nature's way of protecting your ears; removing it can make you more vulnerable to infections. Tip Never put cotton swabs, your fingers, or anything else into your ear canal. You can scratch or tear the skin, allowing bacteria to enter. Step 2: Before and after swimming, use over-the-counter swimmer's eardrops. They help prevent the bacterial and fungal growth. Hold your head still for 30 seconds, and then tilt your head sideways to let the liquid flow out. Or make your own drops by combining equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Warning Don't use eardrops if you already have swimmer's ear or it will make it worse. Step 3: Dry your ears as soon as you get out of the water by wiping the outer ear with a towel and then shaking the water out of your ear canals by tilting your head from side to side. You also can use a blow dryer as long as it's set on low and you hold it at least a foot from your ear to prevent burns. Step 4: See a doctor if you have the symptoms of swimmer's ear, which include itching, fluid discharge, redness, pain, and diminished hearing. The infection will get worse if you don't treat it. Did You Know? In 2004, university researchers began developing a new kind of hearing aid inspired by studies of a fly's ear.
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