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7 Tips To Prevent Swimmer's Ear

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

What is Swimmer's Ear?

Swimmer’s ear (otitis externa) is an infection of the ear canal, which is a slender channel about one-inch long that leads from the outer ear to the eardrum. Symptoms of swimmer’s ear can include pain, redness, and swelling of the ear canal and an itchy feeling in the ear. Pain when tugging the earlobe, or when chewing food, is also a symptom. Some patients report temporary hearing loss or their ears feeling “full.” Patients may experience symptoms differently and at different levels of severity. It is important to note that swimmer’s ear is different from a middle ear infection, which is common in young children.

What Causes Swimmer's Ear?

Swimmer’s ear is an infection that occurs when water remains trapped in the ear canal. This moist environment is ideal for the growth of bacteria, and, in rare cases, fungus. Some patients get swimmer’s ear from swimming, although it can happen from bathing, showering, or even sweating. A lack of earwax due to aggressive cleaning with cotton swabs or small objects can cause swimmer’s ear. Earwax limits the growth of bacteria and is a natural barrier to moisture. Skin conditions such as eczema, and chemicals from hairspray or dyes, can also prompt swimmer’s ear.

7 Tips For Preventing Swimmer's Ear

  1. Never put anything in the ear canal (cotton swabs, paper clips, liquids or even your finger). This can damage or irritate the skin.
  2. Leave ear wax in the canal.
  3. Do not use ear plugs. They can irritate the ear canal.
  4. If you swim or surf, use a bathing cap to keep water out of your ears.
  5. Keep your ears as dry as possible. Use a towel to dry your ears well after swimming or showering. 
  6. Help the water run out of your ears by turning your head to each side and pulling the earlobe in different directions. 
  7. Blow dry your ears on a low setting, holding the dryer 12 inches away.

If you or a family member experience any of the above symptoms, walk-in to any of our clinics for an evaluation and talk to our health care providers. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


Walk In Sports Physical in NY

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Every participant in a school sports team is required to complete a pre-participation physical examination, also called sports physical. Statcare Urgent Medical Care offers sports physicals at all our locations. Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history and a physical examination. The goals of sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete's general health, current fitness level, risk of injury and physical well-being. 

A sports physical allows a healthcare provider to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance. Athletes should have a physical six weeks before the start of the sport season; however this can vary due to changing sport seasons. This timing provides an opportunity to address an existing injury or improve conditioning prior to participation in the activity.

Our healthcare providers perform sports physicals at all our locations. Notifying the provider of any relevant information regarding previous hospitalizations or surgeries, illnesses or diseases within the family, medications, past injuries or allergies will help the physical run smoothly.

Even if your child has received a general physical, it is important to also receive a sports physical prior to participation in sports or physical activity. Sports physicals are more targeted and specifically focus on the physical requirements needed to play a sport. If your child is involved in sports on an on-going basis, it is recommended they receive a sports physical annually.

What to bring?

  • Your child's eye glasses if they wear one.
  • Your child's immunization records.

What to expect?

Step one

  • Questions regarding serious illnesses among other family members.
  • Questions regarding past illnesses, injuries, hospitalizations and surgeries.
  • Questions about any medications your child is on.
  • Height, weight, blood pressure and pulse measurement.
  • Vision check.

Step two

  • Inform the provider if your child has passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or experienced strained breathing during exercise.
  • Heart, lung, abdomen, ear, nose and throat examination.
  • Posture, joints, strength and flexibility assessment.

At the end of the visit, your healthcare provider will stamp the medical forms required.

When you visit Statcare Urgent Medical Care, you can get your child's sport physical done without having to wait in long lines. You can even check in online prior to your visit. We are open 7 days a week. You do not need an appointment. With extended hours, Statcare Urgent Medical Care makes it easy to receive a sports physical and return to the game. Walk in and be seen now!


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