The most important reason for the increase in ear infections: Ear cotton and pool use!
External otitis media is more common in summer due to swimming. Using cotton buds increases the risk of infection. Experts stated that external ear infections are more common due to the increase in swimming activity with the arrival of the summer season.a feeling of fullness in the ear, current andhearing lossThis points out the importance of seeing a doctor.
Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Op. Dr. Enver Ferruh Inan stated that external ear infections are seen more frequently due to the increase in swimming activity with the arrival of summer, and to be more careful when entering the pool,a feeling of fullness in the ear, current andhearing loss External otitis media, which is an acute infection of the ear canal skin typically caused by bacteria, is usually caused by water that remains in the ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that helps bacteria grow. This ailment can be treated within 7-10 days with the guidance of specialist physicians.
Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Op. Dr. Enver Ferruh Inan said that external ear infections are more common due to the increase in swimming activity with the arrival of the summer season. Stating that it is necessary to be more careful while entering the pool in the summer months, Op. Dr. Believe; He pointed out the importance of seeing a doctor in cases of a feeling of fullness in the ear, discharge and hearing loss. Kiss. Dr. Inan pointed out that external ear infections are more common in hot and humid climates, including Turkey. Pointing out that external ear infections are seen more frequently in swimmers due to contact with water, İnan said that the disease is also referred to as swimmer’s ear for this reason.
COTTON EAR INCREASES THE RISK OF INFECTION
Stating that the bacteria that cause external ear infections multiply easily in wet and humid environments, Op. Dr. Inan warned, “Exposure to outer ear skin irritations increased by diving, high environmental temperature and humidity, foreign objects such as ear cotton that we put in our ear, and bacteria, increase the risk of outer ear infection.”
Giving information about the symptoms of the disease, İnan said: “Patients usually begin to complain of itching and pain after swimming. Ear pain can sometimes be very severe. It is observed that the pain increases especially when the auricle is moved. With the increase in edema in the external ear canal, complaints such as fullness, discharge and hearing loss begin to be seen in the ear. When the disease progresses, swelling, redness and fever are seen around the ear. Suggesting that those with such complaints should apply to an otolaryngologist without wasting time, Op. Dr. Inan warned that otherwise the disease will progress.
AFTER TREATMENT, IT IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE EAR FROM WATER FOR 6 WEEKS
Indicating that the disease is cured within 7-10 days if the treatment given by the physician is applied after the examinations and tests, İnan said, “Ear drops are used in addition to oral medications in the treatment. After the treatment, it is necessary to protect the ear from water for at least 6 weeks.” He listed his suggestions as follows: “In these days when we enjoy the summer, pay attention to protect your ears from water so that your holiday does not become poisonous, and do not insert foreign objects such as cotton balls into your ears. If you have complaints such as itching, pain, discharge, fullness and hearing loss in the ear, consult an otolaryngologist immediately.