If you plan on swimming this summer, be aware of ways to prevent 'swimmer's ear.' This condition is an infection of the ear and/or outer ear canal. This infection can cause the ear to itch or become red and inflamed, making it sensitive to the touch. To reduce your risk of contracting this condition, be sure to dry your ears after swimming. Swim only in well controlled pools that are treated properly with chlorine and are pH tested. Finally, avoid putting objects like cotton swabs or your fingers in your ear canal. These can scratch the skin and allow for infection. If you do have the symptoms of swimmer's ear, contact your doctor. It can be treated with antibiotic ear drops.