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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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    Mastoiditis

    Mastoiditis is a bacterial infection of the mastoid bone. The mastoid bone, which sits behind the ear, consists of air spaces that help drain the middle ear. When the mastoid cells become infected or inflamed, often as a result of an unresolved middle ear infection (otitis media), mastoiditis can develop. In acute mastoiditis, infection may spread outside of the mastoid bone and cause serious health complications. Mastoiditis typically affects children, but adults can also be affected. Some...

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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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