Swimmer's Ear - Otitis Externa
TreatmentYour doctor will remove the drainage and clean your ear in the office. You will receive prescription antibiotic eardrops, oral antibiotics, or both. You should protect your ear from water and avoid swimming, diving, or flying in aircraft until it heals.
Am I at Risk
Swimmer’s ear occurs most frequently in children and young adults, but it may develop in anyone.
Risk factors for swimmer’s ear:
_____ Swimming in contaminated or polluted water
_____ Living in a humid environment
_____ Use of hairspray and hair dye
_____ People with certain skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, allergies, or dermatitis
_____ Open or broken skin from scratching or foreign objects in the ear
_____ Wearing dirty earplugs or dirty hearing aids
_____ Ear wax buildup
_____ People with poorly controlled diabetes, especially older adults
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