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    Understanding Swimmer's Ear -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Swimmer's Ear?

    The symptoms of swimmer's ear include:

    • Itching inside the ear
    • Watery discharge from the ear
    • Severe pain and tenderness in the ear, especially when moving your head or when gently pulling on the earlobe
    • A foul-smelling, yellowish discharge from the ear
    • Temporarily muffled hearing (caused by blockage of the ear canal)

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    Understanding Ear Infection -- Symptoms

    The symptoms of an ear infection in adults are: Earache (either a sharp, sudden pain or a dull, continuous pain) A sharp stabbing pain with immediate warm drainage from the ear canal A feeling of fullness in the ear Nausea Muffled hearing Ear drainage In children, the symptoms are: Tugging at the ear Poor sleep Fever Irritability, restlessness Ear drainage Diminished appetite Crying at night when lying down

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    Call Your About Doctor Swimmer's Ear if:

    • You are experiencing any of the symptoms of an ear infection.
    • You are experiencing dizziness or ringing in the ears (tinnitus); such symptoms may indicate a more serious problem that needs medical attention.
    • You have severe pain; your doctor can provide medications to relieve it.
    • You also notice a rash on your scalp or near your ear; you may have seborrheic dermatitis, for which your doctor can provide treatment.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on March 11, 2015

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