This is an infection of the outer ear and ear canal, causing it to be red and swollen. It is also known as "otitis externa."
Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an infection of the outer ear and ear canal, causing it to become red and swollen. It can also lead to symptoms such as itchiness and pain. It can occur in people that swim a lot or irritate the ear canal by:
Unlike middle ear infections (otitis media), swimmer's ear is rarely seen with colds or other upper respiratory infections. The symptoms of swimmer's ear can include:
Treatment is usually with antibiotic eardrops. Your healthcare provider may also prescribe eardrops that contain a medication to decrease swelling and itching, over-the-counter pain medications and eardrops containing vinegar. Holding a warm compress over the affected ear can help decrease symptoms.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of swimmer's ear. Bring a copy of your medical history (past illnesses, surgeries, and hospitalizations).
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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