Health Watch -- Memorial Day Weekend: Swimmer's Ear

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about Memorial Day weekend and the summer season kick off. Previously, we discussed hazards related to swimming while wearing contact lenses. Your ears may also suffer from time spent in the lake or the swimming pool.

Swimmer's ear is an inflammation of the outer ear canal caused by excess moisture left over from swimming. The infection can be itchy and painful. Dr. Peter Roland, professor and chairman of otolaryngology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says you shouldn't stick anything into your ear to get moisture out. Instead, try using a hair dryer on low heat or special ear drops to dry up excess moisture in the ears after swimming.

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May 2006

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