Swimmer's Ear

Also known as: otitis externa.

What is swimmer’s ear?

Swimmer’s ear gets its name from the infection that can occur due to water that remains in the ear after swimming. But it can also occur by damaging the lining of the ear canal with cotton swabs, fingers or other objects. The infection can cause a number of concerning symptoms.

What causes swimmer’s ear?

Bacteria is typically the cause of swimmer’s ear. This can enter the ear canal along with water after swimming, or due to scratches or abrasions of the ear canal. 

What are the symptoms of swimmer’s ear?

Symptoms of swimmer’s ear can include itching, redness, pain, fluid drainage, pus, a feeling of fullness in the ear, decreased hearing and other symptoms.

What are swimmer’s ear care options?

Swimmer’s ear can be treated with antibiotics, as well as other medications to fight the symptoms. The ear may need to be cleaned thoroughly prior to treatment.

Reviewed by: Yamilet Tirado, MD

This page was last updated on: 2/1/2018 8:38:47 AM