Swimmer’s Ear Prevention
You don't have to be an Olympic freestyler to contract a nasty case of swimmer's ear. Caused by bacteria or fungus invading the ear canal, the condition can cause itching, swelling and pain. (At times, antibiotics are required.)
One way to prevent the ailment, if you or a family member is prone to it, is to use nonprescription ear drops – with alcohol – BEFORE – you head to the lake or the beach. The key, ear experts say, is to prevent accumulated wetness.
Using earplugs in water will help to reduce the introduction of water into the ear canal as well.