Why After Swimming The Ear Hurts?
Maalam Doc … I want to consult about the problem of the eardrum. Previously I had experienced swelling of the ears because of swimming in the sea. After that healed … after 6 months of recovery Well this afternoon I returned to swimming now it hurts again … I want to ask for a capsule medicine what do I want to buy doc …
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Before I want to confirm in advance, what do you mean by swelling in the ear that you experience first only an infection of the external ear (otitis external), or there is an infection of the middle ear (otitis media)? Is there a rupture in the eardrum when you have an earache before? Have you taken medication and control to the ENT doctor?
Basically swimming can indeed increase the risk of middle ear infections. This is more common in people who pry their ears (either with cotton buds, ear scrapers, other sharp objects, even with fingers), people who often use earbuds or earplugs and earphones, and people who have ear canals that are narrow. If you have previously experienced otitis media accompanied by a ruptured eardrum (there was a discharge or pus from your ear before), then there is a possibility that the hole in your eardrum is not completely closed. People who have a torn ear drum are more likely to experience recurrent middle ear infections when swimming or soaking their ears in water.
It is better if you check yourself to the ENT doctor so that you can do further examination of your ear. For now, avoid poking your ears with any object, avoid swimming for a while, and to reduce pain, you can take pain relievers such as paracetamol and compress the outside of your ear with cold compresses (be careful so that the compressed water does not enter the ear). Pain relievers will only relieve temporary pain, and if the main cause has not been resolved, the possibility of pain will return again.
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