Summer is for splashing around in water, whether it’s a pool, river, lake or ocean. While it may feel great to take a refreshing dive, you can harm your ears if water becomes trapped in them. Follow our tips below to help drain water out of the ears and prevent risk of infection.
What Are the Risks of Water in the Ears?
While water in the ears is not particularly dangerous, it can cause a painful infection known as swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear occurs when water becomes trapped in the ear and causes bacteria to grow. Initial symptoms are mild and may include itchiness, redness, discomfort and drainage, but left untreated it can cause repeated ear infections, bone and cartilage damage and even permanent hearing loss.