Prevent Swimmer’s Ear with Ear Plugs

Swimmer’s ear is an extremely painful infection that can cause the ear to swell, produce discharge and become sensitive to touch.

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A common misconception is that this infection is only found in children. Although young swimmers are prone to falling victim to this outer ear canal infection, adults can also experience the effects of swimmer’s ear.

Luckily swimmer’s ear (Otitis Externa) is treatable. Ear drops are used to calm the inflammation and ibuprofen or paracetamol for the pain. However, it’s best to prevent the infection than battle against it, especially as it keeps you away from the water for a week or so.

The best form of prevention is swimming ear plugs as they create a barrier against the water and stop it from entering the ear canal. There are two types of ear plugs that will help you to protect your ears from Swimmer’s ear. They are silicone and reusable ear plugs.

Silicone swimming ear plugs

These ear plugs are very easy to use and completely waterproof. They are like putty and can be moulded into shape. Unlike reusable ear plugs, silicone ear plugs are placed over the ear canal rather than inside.

What we recommend: The Mack’s Pillow Soft ear plugs is the product we recommend and there is a kid’s size that is perfect for children under the age of six years. To ensure the ear plug stays in the ear you can use an Ear Band-It, which is placed over the ear and held in position with a Velcro strap. Silicone ear plugs should only be used five times or when they lose their stickiness as they can hold dirt and can cause an infection if they are over used.

How to insert: To insert silicone ear plugs mould one into a ball shape and simply press it over the ear canal.
Reusable swimming ear plugs

These ear plugs are very easy to use, durable and long lasting. You can find reusable ear plugs made from foam and silicone and are either mouldable or pre-moulded. With mouldable ear plugs simply roll them into a cylinder shape.

What we recommend: If you’re looking for reusable ear plugs we would recommend Mack’s Aqua Blocks, which are made of silicone. Their triple-flange design improves comfort and helps to ensure water is prevented from entering the ear canal.

How to insert: Reusable ear plugs are easy to insert. With one hand reach over your head to pull up your ear; this will straighten the ear canal to make the ear plugs easier to insert. With the other hand simply push the ear plug into the ear canal.

Wearing these swimming ear plugs will help you and your family prevent water from entering the ear canal and causing an infection. So swim to your heart’s content.

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