Preventing Ear Infections


Autumn allergies and flu symptoms can cause inflammation and irritation in the ear canal, making it more susceptible to infections and which can affect your hearing health.

Follow these simple tips to help prevent ear infections this autumn:

Keep ears dry: Moisture can create a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, leading to ear infections. Because of this be mindful of water going in your ears during activities such as swimming, showering, or even walking in the rain. Use earplugs or a swim cap to keep water out of your ears and dry your ears thoroughly after being in any water.

Practice good ear hygiene: Clean your ears regularly but avoid inserting objects like cotton swabs into your ear canal, as this can push wax deeper and increase the risk of infection. Instead, gently clean the outer ear with a soft cloth. If you feel excessive wax buildup or experience discomfort, consult your hearing healthcare professional for safe removal.

Avoid allergens: Autumn allergies can cause inflammation and irritation in the ear canal, making it more susceptible to infections. Try to minimise your exposure to allergens such as pollen, mold, and dust.

Protect ears outdoors: When doing outdoor activities like gardening, hiking, or participating in sports, wear appropriate ear protection. Earplugs or earmuffs can help reduce exposure to loud noises, which can irritate the ear canal and increase the risk of infection.

Seek prompt treatment: If you experience symptoms of an ear infection, such as pain, itching, discharge, or decreased hearing, seek medical attention promptly. Early intervention can prevent the infection from worsening and reduce the risk of complications.

By following these simple tips and being proactive about your ear health, you can minimise the risk of ear infections.