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Swimmers Ear

Swimmer's ear

Swimmers ear is also known as otitis externa. This is an inflammation of the outer ear canal. It is most frequently found in young adults and children although it can affect anyone.

Symptoms

Symptoms include redness, swelling, pain or itchiness and a sensation of heat. You may notice a foul-smelling discharge that is either watery or yellowish. The skin inside the ear can swell so large that it is difficult to see the eardrum. Other symptoms may include sensitivity to movement, decreased hearing, feeling stuffy, hearing buzzing or humming, and earwax that appears soft and white.

Causes

Almost every case of swimmers ear involves a recent exposure to water and a mild injury to the skin of the inner ear. This can be caused by itching or injury while cleaning the ear. Once an injury has occurred, an infection like Pseudomonas or Aspergillus can take hold. If you or your child get swimmer's ear, stay out of the water for a few days. If the ear does get wet, dry it with a soft towel or use a hair dryer positioned a foot or so away from the ear to dry out any moisture that may be left in the ear canal.

Cautions

If left untreated, swimmers ear can spread to the bones in the ear canal and spread to the base of the skull, causing a very serious condition. If there is any possibility that the eardrum has been perforated, do not put any drops in the ear.

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