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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.


10 Ways To Never Get Another UTI

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The urinary tract includes the kidneys (which filter the blood to produce urine), the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder (which stores urine), and the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside). A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract.

You can take these steps to reduce the risk of UTIs.

  1. Drink plenty of fluids (at least three to four glasses of water each day) to help flush bacteria out of the urinary tract.
  2. Practice good personal hygiene. Always wipe from front to back.
  3. Empty your bladder completely as soon as you feel the urge, or at least every three hours.
  4. Empty your bladder soon after sexual intercourse. Also, drink a glass of water.
  5. Get plenty of vitamin C. It makes urine acidic and helps keep bacteria down.
  6. Wear cotton underwear. Bacteria grows better in moist places. Cotton does not trap moisture.
  7. Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.
  8. Diaphragms, unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms, can also contribute to bacterial growth. Using an alternate birth control method is suggested.
  9. Postmenopausal women who develop recurrent UTIs may benefit from using vaginal estrogen.
  10. Taking cranberry juice or cranberry tablets has been promoted as another way to help prevent recurrent UTIs. However, several studies demonstrate no benefit with cranberry and those studies showing that cranberry reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs are not convincing.

The typical symptoms of a UTI include:

  • pain or burning when urinating
  • frequent need to urinate
  • urgent need to urinate
  • blood in the urine
  • discomfort in the lower abdomen

If you experience any of these symptoms, stop by any of our clinics, we will do an in-house urinalysis on site. The results will be available in less than 5 minutes. Your urine may also be sent to the lab for culture based on the results. If an antibiotic is necessary, we will send it over to your pharmacy. 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.


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