Swimmer’s ear, also known as otitis externa, is an infection of the outer ear canal. It’s usually caused by water that stays in the ear and creates a moist environment that helps bacteria grow.
Inserting fingers, cotton swabs, or other objects into the ears can also damage the thin layer of skin lining the ear canal, resulting in swimmer’s ear.
What's common signs of swimmer's ear?
What's common causes of swimmer's ear?
Swimmer’s ear is an infection usually caused by bacteria. It’s less common for a fungus or virus to cause swimmer’s ear.
It is recommended to go to a General Practitioner or an Otolaryngology or Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology specialist in the near days.
It is based on clinical assessment and physical examination.
Will the swimmer’s ear go away by itself?Often heal on their own or by taking ear drops. The best way is to keep ears as dry as possible.
How long does a swimmer’s ear last?If it is treated with ear drops usually cured within 7 to 10 days. The pain should lessen within a few days of treatment.
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