ENT specialist Dr. Gerard O’Halloran explains:
The formal name for Swimmer’s Ear is otitis externa. It’s an infection of the skin of the ear canal that can be caused by swimming, but can also be caused by trauma to the skin of the ear canal by Q-tips or scratching. The bacteria that cause otitis externa love moisture, so the infections are more common during swimming season and when the weather is humid, but it can also occur during dry winter months. Anyone of any age can get it.
How do I know if I have swimmer’s ear?
Thanks, KYMN for talking with Dr. Ben Flannery and Board member CC Linstroth about a cool early-literacy program that's getting its start at the Northfield Clinic. Hear their interview here: http://kymnradio.net/2016/08/03/morning-show-jeff-johnson-dr-ben-flannery-cc-linstroth-1-2-3-read-program/
When patients arrive in the Emergency Department, during their initial RN interview the nurse asks about their military status. Veterans and active military members get a special “Thank You” magnet posted on the white board in their room (with their permission). That gives providers and staff an opportunity to thank individuals for their service. As an additional show of respect, veterans are asked how they’d like to be addressed – by name or rank. Patients are welcome to take the magnet home.