The #1 Way to Avoid Swimmer’s Ear this Summer
A safe, effective, & environmentally friendly preventative
Nothing says 4th of July like a fun-filled day at the lake. Barbecuing, boating and, of course,
swimming are the perfect way to celebrate our country’s independence. After the sun sets and
the firework smoke clears, most of us simply head home to shower and turn in – but we’re
forgetting one important step – cleaning our ears.
Swimming in contaminated bodies of water like lakes can lead to “swimmer’s ear” ( Otitis
Externa ), an infection of the outer ear canal. Left untreated, it usually requires a trip to the
doctor’s office, but no one wants to spend warm and sunny days at the clinic. Thankfully,
prevention is now safe and easy with the Oto-Tip , a product of Stanford University’s BioDesign
program , and a safe, easy, and environmentally friendly way to prevent swimmer’s ear.
You and your family may have experienced the symptoms of swimmer’s ear. According to the
Minnesota Department of Health , signs are: itchiness inside the ear, redness and swelling of the
ear, pain when the infected ear is tugged or when pressure is placed on the ear, and even pus
draining from the infected ear. “Swimmer’s ear can occur when water stays in the ear canal for
long periods of time, providing the perfect environment for germs to grow and infect the skin,”
the Department of Health says. If left untreated, the Mayo Clinic states that symptoms can
worsen to “redness and swelling of the outer ear, swelling of the lymph nodes, and fever.”
Diving underwater, tubing, water skiing, and other aquatic activities can all lead to this common
affliction. Swimmer’s ear can affect all ages, but it’s most common in children and can be
extremely painful. According to the CDC , “In the United States, swimmer’s ear results in an
estimated 2.4 million health care visits every year.” The treatment? Prescription antibiotic drops
– uncomfortable at best and tough to get children to comply with.
So how do you avoid it?
With Oto-Tip , an easy-to-use device created to help you maintain the health of your ears from
home, so the fun can last all summer. This device effectively removes water and other debris
from the ear in a safe and gentle way that makes it perfect for both adults and kids (ages 3 and
up). The Oto-Tip features:
● Medical grade, reusable silicone tips
● Patented spiral spin technology that effectively removes water and debris all in one
● Tips that are shaped to protect against damaging the eardrum when in use
● Small and large sized tips, making Oto-Tip safe for use by the entire family
● Break-away feature to prevent too much pressure on the ear canal
● Shield to prevent pushing too far into the ear and damaging the eardrum
● One-handed operation – great for clinicians who may want to use an otoscope or other
Think you can get away with simply picking up extra boxes of cotton swabs? You should know
that they can actually do more harm than good. The Mayo Clinic warns, “Putting fingers, cotton
swabs or other objects in your ears also can lead to swimmer’s ear by damaging the thin layer
of skin lining your ear canal.”
Oto-Tip is the safe way to remove water and debris from the ear after a fun-filled day at the lake.
Plus, it’s also useful year-round as a way to maintain overall ear health. Not only is it
recommended for everyday families, but pediatricians, ENT specialists, audiologists, frequent
headset wearers, hearing aid users, and workers who regularly use ear plugs all benefit from its
easy-to-use, patented technology.