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Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
by Dave Foreman
Swimmer's ear is an infection of the outer ear that typically occurs in swimmers. However, since the cause of the infection is water trapped in the ear canal, bathing or showering may also be the cause. When water is trapped in the ear canal, bacteria that normally inhabit the skin and ear canal multiply, causing infection and irritation of the ear canal. Obviously a trip to the doctor would be the best way to get a diagnosis, but here is a tip that may save you some time. Tug on the ear lobe of the affected ear. If it hurts, then it's almost a sure bet there is an infection (this is an old pharmacist trick). As with most health conditions, avoiding swimmer's ear altogether is the best route. Here are some tips on prevention: