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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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    Could Your Child Have an Ear Infection?

    Even newbie parents can spot diaper rash or a runny nose with no problem, but ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. Yet three-quarters of children will get one by age 3. "An ear infection happens when you get infected fluid or pus behind the eardrum," says Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP. She is a pediatrician in Atlanta and editor of American Academy of Pediatrics Baby & Child Health. The most common cause? Colds. When secretions get trapped in the middle ear, viruses or bacteria...

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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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