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Ear Canal Problems (Swimmer's Ear)

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If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • Symptoms of an ear infection: Go to the topic Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older or Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger.
  • Symptoms of earwax buildup: Go to the topic Earwax.
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If your child has ear tubes in place or you think that the eardrum is ruptured, call your doctor. Drainage can be the first sign of an infection. Do not insert anything, such as water, eardrops, or cotton swabs, into the ear unless your doctor tells you to.

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Other Symptoms to Watch For

If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

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Last Updated: January 09, 2012
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