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Other skin conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis, can also lead to swimmer's ear. Another common cause is excessive and improper cleaning of wax from the ears. Not only does wax protect the ear canal from excess moisture, but it also harbors friendly bacteria. Removing this protective barrier -- particularly with hairpins, fingernails, or other objects that can scratch the skin -- makes it easier for an infection to take hold. Hair spray or hair coloring, which can irritate the ear canal, may also lead to an outer ear infection.

From: What Is Swimmer's Ear? WebMD Medical Reference

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UpToDate: "Outer Ear Infection (The Basics)," "External Otitis (Including Swimmer's Ear) (Beyond the Basics)," "External Otitis: Pathogenesis, Clinical Features, and Diagnosis," "External Otitis: Treatment," "Malignant (Necrotizing) External Otitis."

American Family Physician: "Acute Otitis Externa: An Update."

Mayo Clinic: "Swimmer's Ear."

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

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Swimmer's Ear."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Swimmer's Ear."

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 14, 2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Outer Ear Infection (The Basics)," "External Otitis (Including Swimmer's Ear) (Beyond the Basics)," "External Otitis: Pathogenesis, Clinical Features, and Diagnosis," "External Otitis: Treatment," "Malignant (Necrotizing) External Otitis."

American Family Physician: "Acute Otitis Externa: An Update."

Mayo Clinic: "Swimmer's Ear."

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

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Swimmer's Ear."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Swimmer's Ear."

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 14, 2019

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