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How long should we not let water inside ear after ear injury? On April 10, I scratched my ear and injured it internally. I made it worse after letting water inside. I consulted and ENT, and he said not to let water inside for 1 month. It's been 11 days And now there is no pain. Is it OK if I go to swim now? I am on Doxycycline tablets which I take for some hair follicle infection.

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Category: Family Physician-GP
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No, you should not be swimming now. You should keep the ears dry at least for a 4 weeks. Even Though there is no pain, you still could be at risk of getting secondary infection. Moreover while swimming water will enter the ear under a pressure, and so it is more dangerous.  

In my personal opinion, even after 1 month you should use earplug while swimming. These soft ear plugs can prevent water from entering the ear cavity in high pressure. 

Hope this helps. Thank you.

Dr. John Fuller
Category: Family Physician-GP
MD - New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship, Family Medicine - Lutheran Medical Center
Residency, Family Medicine - The Mount Sinai Hospital
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