After waking up every day last weekend moaning, groaning, then in tears because her ear hurt we took J-Bear to the doctor Monday afternoon to see why. After researching the Healthwise (see note) Knowledgebase, I had already diagnosed the situation. Just needed someone with prescription writing privileges to agree with Dr. Boo Rah.
Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an inflammation and infection of the ear
canal. It occurs when the protective film that covers the ear canal (lipid
layer) is removed. This causes the ear canal to look red and swollen. The ear
canal may be narrower than normal and is tender when the outside of the ear
is gently pulled up and back.
Swimmer's ear may develop when water, sand, dirt, or other debris gets into
the ear canal. Since it often occurs when excess water enters the ear canal, a
common name for this inflammation is "swimmer's ear." If you have had
swimmer's ear in the past, you are more likely to get it again.
I gave permission to play in the shallow end, if she promised not to get her hair/head wet. J-Bear said that pretty much stinks and she is unlikely to get in the pool at all tomorrow. Poor kid.
My sister's family, J-Bear and I are off to Lake Tahoe for five days on Friday. Please, please, please let all of us be healthy!
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