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Can I take antibiotics for swimmer's ear?

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You can take prescribed oral antibiotics for swimmer's ear infections.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Swimmer's Ear."

CDC: "Facts About 'Swimmer's Ear."

UpToDate: "External Otitis: Treatment," "External Otitis (Including Swimmer's Ear) (Beyond the Basics)," "Malignant (Necrotizing) External Otitis"

Cleveland Clinic: "Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear)."

KidsHealth: "Swimmer's Ear."

FamilyDoctor: "Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear)."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 6, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Swimmer's Ear."

CDC: "Facts About 'Swimmer's Ear."

UpToDate: "External Otitis: Treatment," "External Otitis (Including Swimmer's Ear) (Beyond the Basics)," "Malignant (Necrotizing) External Otitis"

Cleveland Clinic: "Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear)."

KidsHealth: "Swimmer's Ear."

FamilyDoctor: "Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear)."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 6, 2017

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