3 Tips to Prevent Swimmer's Ear

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller, with a smart tip, if your family loves to swim. Swimmer's ear leads to 2.4 million annual doctor visits, half by adults. Here's how to keep water out of your ear canals, which will keep little critters from moving in and causing infections. Use a swim cap and earplugs.

Both have block water so bugs can't settle down and multiply. Dry off fast. As soon as you finish swimming, gently blot your ears dry with a towel. No poking around with cotton swabs, that could start trouble, not stop it. Tilt and hop. Still got water in there? Tilt your head half lightly on one foot and like gravity and shaking clear your ears while pulling your earlobes in different options to help the water escape, or hold a hair dryer several inches from your ear.

Just be sure it's on the lower key and fan settings. If you develop pain, itchiness, redness or pus see your doctor. You may need antibiotic eardrops. I'm Dr. Miller. For more ways to stay healthy, watch all our Smart Tips.