Ear Canal Problems (Swimmer's Ear)
Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
- Have you done anything recently that may have
caused your ear canal to become infected, such as cleaning your ears or
- Have you had a history of ear itching, pain, or other
symptoms? Describe your symptom:
- When did it start?
- Do you have
problems with the inside or the outside of your ear?
- Are your
symptoms constant, or do they come and go?
- Does anything make your
ear feel better or worse?
- Did you put anything into your ear before the
- Do you have drainage from the ear? What does the
drainage look and smell like?
- Have you had a fever?
you dizzy or do you feel unsteady?
- Have you had problems like this
before? If so, how was it treated?
- What home treatment measures
have you used? Did they help?
- What prescription and nonprescription
medicine have you tried? Did they help?
- Do you have any
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 09, 2012
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