by Deena Bradford, LPN
- Wear ear plugs or a swim cap when the ear will be exposed to water.
- Be sure to dry the external canal after.
- Alcohol drops can be placed in external canal after water exposure unless contraindicated by a physician.
- After otitis externa is confirmed you need to stay of the water for 7-10 days to allow the canal to heal. The chances of recurrence are very high unless the ear canal is allowed to heal completely.
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