Surfers beware of ear infections this summer and protect your ears!
It is this time of the year that painful infections occur, resulting from water trapped in your ear.
Some people shake their head madly to get the water out. Water trapped in your ears can have a painful aftermath – a skin infection known as an outer ear infection.
Because it’s common in swimmers and surfers, it’s also known as “swimmers or surfers ear”.
If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in the water, it’s important to know the symptoms of swimmer’s ear so you can seek early treatment. These may include Itching or irritation inside the ear.
- A sensation your ear is blocked
- Decreased hearing
- Redness and swelling of the skin around the ear
- A discharge of pus
Some people are inherently more vulnerable to swimmer’s ear because of the shape of their ear canals. Narrow canals for instance make it more difficult for trapped water to come out. And people who spend a lot of time in cooler water, such as keen surfers, can develop abnormal bone growth deep within their ear canals where water can be trapped. This abnormal bone growth in the ear canal is known as exostosis or ‘surfer’s ear’.
The condition is progressive and best treated with by taking preventive measures, such as wearing custom made ear plugs. This indisposition is not limited to surfing and can occur in any activity with chilled, wet, windy conditions such as kayaking, sailing, jet skiing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving.
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