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When should someone call their doctor about swimmer's ear?

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Call your doctor 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 or herpes zoster (shingles), for either of which your doctor can provide treatment.

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American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 27, 2017

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 27, 2017

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