If it hurts to tug on your tragus
(diagram) and you've been spending time in the water, you probably
have swimmer's ear.
- Always drain your ears after swimming. If
you fail to do so, the resulting moist dark climate is an ideal
place for bacteria and fungus to grow.
- Be careful not to use Q-tips too often.
This depletes your ears of your natural protective wax, which
allows for easy drainage of water from the ear canal and helps
- Once you've acquired swimmer's ear,
a doctor can prescribe ear drops to remedy the infection.