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Can outer ear infections be prevented?

Outer ear infections may be prevented by wearing earplugs or a cap while swimming, avoiding dirty water and drying your ears well. Similarly, wearing a shower cap while showering may help protect your ear against irritation from soaps and shampoos. To prevent outer ear infections that are caused by damage to the ear canal, it is recommended that you clean the outer, visible part of the ear only.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 05 Dec 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Earache

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