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Over half (51 per cent) of Brits have been ill while on holiday1. Whether you’re jetting off to spend a week in the sun, or spending your holidays closer to home, taking a holiday first aid kit could save a lot of stress. Include first aid essentials like plasters, insect repellent and remedies for tummy troubles, but make sure you’re also prepared for ear infections.

Research has revealed that swimming pools can often harbour a variety of nasty bugs and bacteria2, some of which can cause painful minor infections of the outer ear, also known as ‘swimmer’s ear.’

Swimmer’s ear is a minor ear infection, a common condition which affects all ages. It can be caused by swimming in unclean water, especially in hot and humid conditions or by prolonged contact with water, often affecting frequent swimmers. It can be very painful and if unprepared can ruin a holiday.

Ear specialist Rosemary Rodgers from Ear Care Services comments;

“Swimmer’s ear is a common complaint especially in older children and adults who swim regularly or get unclean water in their ears, for that reason people often get it while on holiday. The condition can be painful, sufferers often experience redness and swelling inside the ear canal which can become itchy. If swimmer’s ear is suspected it is important to keep the ears dry, wearing a cap that covers the ears while showering and bathing is a good idea.”

EarCalm is a quick and easy to use spray. It is the only over the counter product available to fight infections of the ear. By including EarCalm in your holiday first aid kit you will always be prepared to treat minor infections of the outer ear should you
feel discomfort in your ears following swimming. Remember, if the ear problem persists it is essential to obtain doctor’s advice.

1 ‘Holiday Makers at risk travelling without first aid essentials’ survey August 2008.

2 BBC News Health – Q&A : Dirty Pools – The Risks


Editor’s notes;

EarCalm Spray is suitable for the relief of mild outer ear infections. Suitable from 12 years of age. EarCalm contains acetic acid and is available from your pharmacist. Priced from £6.45 for 5ml.

Always read the label.

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