Thursday, May 26, 2011

Swimmer's ear is a common and expensive malady that can be prevented- Linda Shrieves,

- Swimmer's ear is a common malady every summer as millions of Americans plunge into pools, lakes and oceans seeking relief from the heat.

But swimmer's ear takes a toll — and not just on parents and patients.

According to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, swimmer's ear also costs the nation a lot of money and time spent on doctors' visits. In 2007, the latest data available, the CDC found that an estimated 2.4 million health care visits were attributed to swimmer's ear — at a cost of about $500 million.

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