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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 Swimmer's Ear -- Prevention

These tips may help you avoid getting swimmer's ear: Be careful when cleaning your ears. Most doctors advise against using cotton swabs unless you're using it to clean the outside of the ear. Instead, wipe the outer ear with a clean washcloth. Do not dig into the ear canal, and never use a pointed object. Scratching the skin of the ear canal can let germs get in under the skin and cause infection. Avoid earplugs, if possible. These can irritate the ear canal. After swimming, tilt and shake...

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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.

 

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Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on March 12, 2014

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