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Shield Yourself From 'Swimmer's Ear'

Posted 9 Jul 2017 by

SATURDAY, July 8, 2017 – It's high season for the painful infection known as swimmer's ear, but it shouldn't spoil your fun if you plan ahead. Swimmer's ear often happens when germy water stays in the ear after a dip in the pool or lake. The leftover water creates an environment that helps bacteria grow. "Swimming is a significant risk factor, especially in fresh water," said Kara Jones-Schubart, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing. "For most people, swimmer's ear is a one-time occurrence, but for others, it can take a more chronic form." The main symptom is redness in the outer ear along with warmth and pain. Parts of the ear may be tender when touched. The ear can also feel full, itchy and irritated, and it may be harder to hear. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent swimmer's ear. "Ear plugs are extremely beneficial when you go swimming," ... Read more

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How to Prevent Painful Swimmer's Ear

Posted 19 Jun 2016 by

SATURDAY, June 18, 2016 – Swimmer's ear – a common summertime problem among children – is easy to prevent, an expert says. "Swimmer's ear is a bacterial or fungal infection caused by water caught in the ear canal. The tell-tale signs are swelling of the ear canal and some drainage or discharge," said Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children's Hospital of the University of California, Los Angeles. Other types of ear infections cause pain inside the ear, but swimmer's ear causes pain when the outside of the ear is touched, Shapiro said in a university news release. Swimmer's ear can be prevented by using the corner of a washcloth or towel to dry ears after swimming. If a hair dryer is available, use the low setting and place the dryer about one foot away from the ear to dry it, Shapiro said. Never use a cotton swab to clean or dry the ear canal because ... Read more

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Health Tip: Triggers of Swimmer's Ear

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by

-- Swimmer's ear occurs when water becomes trapped inside. This can cause pain, inflammation and infection. The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery says potential triggers include: Spending time in a moist environment, such as swimming, bathing or showering. Exposure to bacteria, as may be found in hot tubs or polluted water. Buildup of hairspray or hair dye inside the ear. Injuring skin inside the ear canal. Development of conditions inside the ear canal, including eczema or seborrhea. Read more

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Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve ear pain and swelling, have not been evaluated for safety, quality and effectiveness, the agency said Wednesday. The agency notified the drugs' makers to stop marketing the drops following a few reports of local allergic reactions of the ear, eye, face, neck and mouth. The drops can also cause itching, stinging, burning and irritation of the ear, according to an FDA news release. "If we don't know whether these drugs have any benefits, we should not accept any possible risk of side effects," said the FDA's Dr. Charles Lee in the news release. The FDA did not release the names of the companies or the medications involved, but did note that "unapproved ... Read more

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FDA Approves Xtoro (finafloxacin) Otic Suspension to Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Posted 17 Dec 2014 by

December 17, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Xtoro (finafloxacin otic suspension), a new drug used to treat acute otitis externa, commonly known as swimmer’s ear. Acute otitis externa is an infection in the outer ear and ear canal, usually caused by bacteria in the ear canal. Activities in which the ear is underwater can create a moist environment where bacteria may sometimes grow. The infection causes inflammation of the ear canal leading to pain, swelling, redness of the ear and discharge from the ear. Xtoro is an eardrop approved to treat acute otitis externa caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Xtoro is the newest drug belonging to the fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drug class to be approved by the FDA. It joins several other antibacterial drug products previously approved to treat ear infections. “The availability of multiple tre ... Read more

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