posted by admin on Apr 2

Frequently, men and women who were serious runners in their 20s and 30s turn to swimming in their 40s and 50s because they discover that their bones and joints can’t take the constant pounding anymore.

Unfortunately, avid swimmers frequently contract occasional ear infections of the ear canal and outer ear known as otitis externa, or swimmer’s ear. Since the ear feels as though it’s filled with water, many people with otitis externa try to alleviate their symptoms by sticking hairpins, cotton swabs, or other objects into the canal. This usually just makes the condition worse and may permanently damage your hearing.

An itchy ear and/or flaky skin are also signs of otitis externa. You may also have a constant earache, sharp ear pain when you move your head, and secretions from the ear. Changes in pressure can also cause pain in your ears if you have otitis externa. Children often contract numerous ear infections throughout childhood without their hearing being affected. Midlife adults, on the other hand, can suffer partial ot total hearing loss if otitis externa is left untreated. The infection can also spread, damaging bones and nerves and eventually causing paralysis. Fortunately, it’s easy to treat.

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