From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

It can be confusing to decide whether a patient's ear needs to be seen and how quickly. Otitis externa, “swimmer’s ear”, is easily the most frequently seen ENT problem related to water activities.

The 4 Most Common Problems Affecting the Ears

Maybe you hit the water the wrong way when diving off the side of the pool, and you’re now having pain in your ear. Perhaps you’re frustrated by ear infections that seem to happen constantly. These are a few of the common problems that can affect your ears and, in extreme cases, may even place your hearing at risk. 

We’ll take a look at some of the most common ear problems, how they’re treated and what to do if you are experiencing them. 

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5 Ways to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

You’ve just finished a few laps in the pool, but can’t shake the feeling of fluid in your ear. No matter what you do, your ear remains “full.” Eventually, you develop the itching and pain that are telltale signs of swimmer’s ear.  No one wants their time in the water to result in this uncomfortable condition, so we’ve provided some useful tips to help you avoid this common ear infection. 

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Summer ENT Care

With the arrival of summer this week, summer activities are in full swing, including regular swimming, diving and more active water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. While much attention is directed to safety in and on the water, we see water related ear problems every year, most of which are entirely unavoidable and random. It can be confusing as a patient trying to decide whether an ear needs to be seen and how quickly that is necessary. Otitis externa (“swimmer’s ear”), is easily the most frequently seen ENT problem related to water activities. It accounts for numerous office visits in a specialty ENT practice, as well as in primary care offices and urgent care centers. Pain in the ear (often quite severe) with blockage and often drainage are hallmarks of this problem. The ear is often exquisitely sensitive to pressure or pulling on the visible outside portion of the ear. While this condition often responds well to antibiotic eardrops, especially when discovered early ...

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