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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > June/July 2017 > The expert fix… SWIMMER’S EAR

The expert fix… SWIMMER’S EAR

Don’t let your love of the water leave you plagued by pain, itchiness and discomfort. Here’s the lowdown

Known medically as otitis externa, swimmer’s ear is an infection of the external ear canal between the earhole and eardrum. It’s painful, can be itchy and cause temporary hearing loss. ‘It’s five times more common in regular swimmers,’ says Dr Adam Simon, from online GP service Push Doctor ( ‘Hence the term swimmer’s ear. The infection can be bacterial or fungal – and those with eczema or psoriasis are more prone.’ Holiday swimmers are susceptible, too, especially in pools that might not adhere to strict hygiene codes. ‘Causes include regularly getting water in your ear, which can cause damage, either by being forced in and out fast during swimming, or as a result of bugs in the water that remain in the ear. Another cause is “trauma”, such as using cotton buds or fingernails in your ears (never do either) – anything that damages the soft skin lining of the ear canal,’ says Dr Simon.

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Get that #summerglow with the June/July issue of Healthy, which features the incredible Davina McCall on the cover. We’ve got a brand new natural beauty section, plus a summer body guide covering lean protein and expert fitness advice. Also, find out how to make street food at home with everything from Buddha bowls to cashew and coriander falafel. Plus! We ask: can a sun tan EVER be healthy? And do you really need those expensive trainers? Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy.