What is swimmer’s ear?
Swimmer's ear (also known as otitis externa, or ear ache) is an inflammation, irritation, or infection of the ear and/or outer ear canal. Swimmer’s ear can occur if contaminated water stays in direct contact with the ear canal for a long period of time.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include:
- Itchiness inside the ear
- The ear becomes red and inflamed
- Pain when the infected ear is tugged or when the head is moved
- Yellow, yellow-green, pus draining from the infected ear
Symptoms of swimmer’s ear usually appear within a few days of getting contaminated water in the ear.
What is the treatment?
If you have swimmer’s ear, visit a Take Care Health Provider to determine the appropriate course of treatment for your specific case.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.