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2/17/13 11:07 A

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Great description Laurie (lmb100)! I agree with her. If it's an outer ear infection our cure is a little hydrogen peroxide, followed by rubbing alcohol. If it dries it out, followed by a couple drops of olive or coconut oil...same idea as Laurie, just different remedy.

I use a waterproof mp3 player when I swim, so yes, I use earplugs. If I'm not using those, I have a great pair from CVS pharmacy www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-ETY
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they look kinda like this, they have a cord between them which I don't use.

I am prone to ear infections, so I do try to be careful. They make a "swimmer's ear" drop that you can also use...probably rubbing alcohol...

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2/16/13 8:04 A

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How I was taught to identify ear pain:

Tug gently on the ear lobe.

If it hurts to do that, you probably have swimmer's ear, (otitis externa) which is basically an infection of the outer ear canal. The pain is sharp and can radiate into your face. It's an inflammation caused by excess moisture combined with dried out skin. It's very painful and you need antibiotic eardrops. You'll also probably be told to stay out of the water for a few days. I usually get cipro drops for that.

If it doesn't hurt the ear canal when you tug on the ear lobe, but the pain is deeper inside, that's probably otitis media, or a basic middle ear infection. That pain can radiate into your jaw, neck and throat. That one requires a regular course of antibiotics and has nothing to do with swimming or water. That's a basic bacterial infection and you can still swim with it.

I find ibuprofen works well for pain relief for either one.

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2/16/13 12:35 A

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A little moisture in the ears should do no harm if you are healthy. Any pain in the ear may be a reason to talk to a doctor. You may have a low-grade ear infection.
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2/15/13 11:01 P

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I don't use ear plugs, but if I feel like I have moisture i my ears after a swim, I'll use a couple of drops of alcohol to dry it up. I'll also drop a little glycerin in there too, to keep the skin from drying out from the alcohol.

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2/15/13 6:14 P

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I swim open water and and have never used them, my brother-in-law won't swim without synthetic lambs wool as he also has ear issues. Not sure if this helps with ear plugs in a pool but I hope you find the answer.

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2/15/13 5:55 P

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do most of you wear ear plugs. I try to dry my ears out with a towel when done. and tuck them in my cap. But i still every so often get ear pain when swimming. never tried ear plugs but i thing i'm going to next time!

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