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Swimmer’s Ear Facts


Swimmer’s ear, also known as external otitis, is a bacterial infection of the outer ear canal. It’s typically caused by excessive water exposure from various activities, such as swimming, diving, surfing and other water sports.

Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear

Doctors usually separate swimmer’s ear in to mild, moderate and advanced stages.

Mild swimmer’s ear symptoms include:

  • Itching in your ear canal
  • Clear, odorless drainage
  • Some redness in ear

Moderate swimmer’s ear symptoms include:

  • Pus and more drainage
  • Trouble hearing
  • Swelling of the ear canal
  • Pain in ear

Severe swimmer’s ear symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the ear and lymph nodes
  • Redness in the ear
  • Blocked ear canal

Treating Swimmer’s Ear

Your ENT physician will treat swimmer’s ear based on the stage. Most common treatment options are cleaning, acidic solutions, antibiotics and ear drops.

Consult your physician for information on treating swimmer’s ear.

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