Can Swimming For Otitis Media Sufferers?
Hello, can people with inflammation of the middle ear swim?
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Inflammation of the middle ear (otitis media) is often caused by the spread of inflammation of the respiratory tract that is not handled properly. In more rare cases, inflammation of the middle ear can also occur because of inflammation of the external ear that spreads or infection in the middle ear due to eardrums that are torn due to excessive noise exposure or sudden changes in air pressure. Depending on the type, people with otitis media can feel different complaints. In the early stages, where the eardrum is still good, often patients will experience full ears, pain, reduced hearing, tinnitus, fever, and some symptoms of airway inflammation, such as coughing, runny nose, and sore throat. Furthermore, if the eardrum has been torn, the pain and feeling of fullness in the ear can be reduced, but hearing loss will decrease dramatically and often discharge abnormal secretions (greenish, such as pus, bad odor, large amounts) from the ear.
People with otitis externa are advised not to swim or dive until conditions are handled properly. This is due to changes in pressure when swimming or diving it is feared that it can cause more severe damage to the eardrum. Not only that, the condition of the ears that are moist due to swimming can also facilitate microorganisms that cause disease, such as fungi or bacteria, multiply and worsen infections in the ear.
Therefore, before deciding to swim, you should consult with your doctor or ENT specialist first. Your doctor will generally treat your illness until it's completely healed, for example by administering medication, earwax irrigation, to surgery (if a fairly large eardrum tear occurs), before allowing you to go swimming or diving again.
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