It is a common complaints of swimmers that their ears are sore after training sessions. So what causes itchy ears after being in the swimming pool? There are two reasons for this. The first is the water itself. It breaks through the protective wax in the ear, exposing the underlying skin. The skin becomes waterlogged and loses its ability to block bacteria. Germs travel into the underlying part of the skin where they set up home. Bacterial products and the body's immune system fighting the infection both cause itching.
The second reason for the itching is chlorine and other irritants in the water. Soaps and detergents also cause inflammation. This can damage the delicate skin of the ear and cause irritation. Together all of these factors lead to a phenomenon known as the swimmer's ear. If you think you may have this problem you must visit your doctor.
There are a few things you can do to avoid this. Firstly rinse your ears out with drinking water. Alternatively surgical alcohol can be used. Make sure you drain water from your ears after swimming by tipping your head from side to side. You can pull your ear in various directions to help it to drain as well. Regular use of swimming earplugs is a good idea to prevent swimmer's ear. ZenPlugs Moulded Swimming Ear Plugs are great because they have a unique dual action against swimmers ear. As well as blocking the water they also contain an antibacterial compound which will kill the bugs in the water. You can buy yourself a pair by visiting Amazon through clicking on the button on the right of the post.