Regardless of the weather, ear health is ongoing concern for many parents. While ear infections might be more common in the winter months, they can also occur in warmer weather, or residual issues might cause problems throughout the year.
Swimmer's ear, or Otitis Externa is a painful infection of the outer portion of the ear or ear canal. The condition often occurs during the summer months when kids are swimming and in the water often. The water gets inside the ear and alters the acidic...
Summer means popsicles, pools, and — swimmer's ear? There's typically a surge of unhappy kids with itchy red ears around this time of the year. Clinics have seen surges of about 60 percent in the number of kids coming in with the ear infection....
The American Academy of Otolaryngology is urging you not to use cotton swabs to clean their ears. With the public going to the pool or the beach, keeping ears in a "swab-free zone" may be easier said than done. Dr. Howard W. Francis, an associate...
By Alison Johnson
, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
| Jul 10, 2009
Swimmer's ear -- an infection and inflammation of the ear canal -- is a common problem of summer. Here are some tips from pediatricians:
Dry off. Immediately after swimming or taking a shower, dry your outer ear thoroughly with a soft towel or cloth. Avoid poking into the ear canal.
Tilt your head. Help water run out of your ears by turning your head from side to side and pulling your earlobes in different directions.
Don't go inside. Digging at wax or scratching an itch inside the ear canal with a...
Summer brings its own brand of fun -- and injuries. Here's what doctors say families should carry to be prepared:
Sunscreen. Use brands with an SPF of at least 15 that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
Sunburn relief. Aloe vera gel and medicines with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, including Tylenol, Advil or Motrin, can reduce pain.
Treatment for bug bites ... Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams, as well as an antihistamine such as Benadryl, help reduce itching and swelling.
... and stings. Cold compresses...