The Ministry of Public Health recommends consulting with a otolaryngologist before starting a bathing season or vacation near a sea or river to control hearing health and prevent the use of swabs to remove water or wax as this favors the entry of bacteria
"It is important to tell the population that they do not use the famous swabs because they traumatize the skin covering the auditory canal," the doctors explain, by prematurely removing the last layer of skin that protects the canal, much more sensitive to bacteria.
"In addition, if they are carriers of cerumen (wax plugs), they eventually push it to the back of the ear and remove them more difficult," they added. For this reason, people who are prone to have wax plugs should go to their doctor to extract them correctly.
In any case, if you do not stay wet with the pool or the beach after the afternoon, specialists will advise you to place a drop of alcohol to allow rapid evaporation of the water that can remain in the pipeline and do not use the tampon.
They also pointed to otitis externa, which is triggered by "self-inducing", ie those that are made by maneuvering fingers or nails to remove water.
Otitis is an infection or inflammation of any part of the ear caused by various micro-organisms. There are two types: otitis media and otitis externa. The last one is otitis swimmer, inflammation of the outer ear canal and external auditory canal. This can be caused by water ingress or trauma.
The main symptom of otitis externa is earache, a blocked ear, itching, and sometimes ear-boring. If these symptoms occur, talk to your doctor immediately.
Otitis media includes the middle ear behind the ear drum. This is very common in early childhood and is generally the cause of infection.
How is Otitis Externa treated?
External otitis is usually treated with ear drops that contain antibiotics and steroids that reduce ear swelling. It is important to follow the doctor's instructions correctly.