Firstly, let me applaud all of my friends and acquaintances for their efforts, current and future in the world of triathlon. It takes a brave soul to do what you are doing and my congratulations to each of you.
Today’s topic is Swimmer’s Ear, a subject that hopefully, you are not familiar with, at least first hand. Swimmer’s Ear is an infection of the outer ear that typically occurs during swimming (not too difficult to figure that out by the name). The cause of the infection is water trapped in the ear canal. Bacteria that normally inhabit the skin and the ear canal begin to multiply and cause and infection and inflammation of the ear canal.
Simple way to determine if you have this? Tug on the ear lobe of the affected ear. If it hurts, you most likely have an infection. Some may wish to take a trip to the doctor to take care of this. Other may go a different route. For this second group. . . . Orally, add Colloidal Silver to your protocol for at least 14 days, EVEN IF the infection feels like it is gone. 14 days and then stop.
Secondly, you can add a couple of drops of pure lemon juice in the ear itself and then dry it with a hair dryer. This usually gets rid of simple infections. If the above is not working, obviously go to a doctor. In most cases, it will work quickly. Now for prevention:
- Keep your ears dry after swimming (or bathing)
- Avoid swimming in polluted waters such as ponds or lakes. They are a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Use earplugs. This helps keep moisture and bacteria out. Consider a brand such as “Max Wax.”
- Use ear drops. . . . Mix 1 part white vinegar with one part alcohol. Use before and after water exposure to help inhibit growth of bacteria and fungi.
Events are so much more enjoyable when the athlete feels his/her best!