Ear Infections From the Pond

Have you ever been to the doctor’s office for a problem with your ears? Unfortunately, I’ve seen the doctor many times for reoccurring ear infections and it simply was not fun. As one that swam a lot in a pond, I was prone to these ear infections. Commonly called swimmers ear, or as medically termed otitis externa, swimming in a dirty pond allowed a lot of bacteria to enter my ear canal. Because of all these ear infections, my I decided to by an otoscope.

Welch Allyn Otoscope KitAn otoscope is the medical instrument that doctors use to look inside your ear. The device consists of a magnifying glass and light so that the middle and outer ear may be closely examined. On the section of the otoscope that enters the ear, known as the distal, a disposable cover (specula) is used so that infections can’t spread from ear to ear. I got our otoscope here, but I’m sure you can find one at your local store if you would like to buy one. Continue reading

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