During the hot Texas summers, there's nothing better than going for a swim. The water can help you cool off and it's a perfect way to relax after a long day. You might have your own pool, or you might take the kids to the local pool, but if you get water in your ears, it's important to remove it as quickly as possible. A quick shake of the head can often take care of the problem, but if it doesn't, it might be necessary to visit an ENT specialist. At Houston ENT & Allergy in Clear Lake, our doctors can safely and effectively treat otitis externa, or swimmer's ear.
Understanding Swimmer's Ear
Swimmer's ear occurs when the skin covering the outer ear and the ear canal become infected due to an excess amount of moisture being trapped in the canal. There are some effective home remedies and over-the-counter medicines for swimmer's ear, but if you've tried all you think of and are still having trouble hearing or removing water from your ear, it's important to see an ENT doctor right away. The infection can grow worse with time, but with a professional ear cleaning, topical drops, or oral medication, the moisture should dissolve or drain, removing any pain or pressure in your ears.
If you love swimming during the summer, but don't like the look or feel of ear plugs, it is possible you could contract swimmer's ear. If that happens, the staff at our Clear Lake ENT clinic is prepared to help you however we can. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.