Swimmer’s Ear – Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

Swimmer’s ear is basically that outer ear
canal infection and what happens is, it gets called swimmer’s ear, because it happens
more in the swimming pool season. Basically it is where you get a break in the skin and
then some bacteria starts to infect the skin of the ear canal and that generally is going
to need treatment because it can actually be just as painful, or more painful than the
infection behind the eardrum. Treatment is usually going to be ear drops and antibiotic
ear drops. Sometimes an oral antibiotic. Prevention of that kind of ear infection is people will
think about maybe they should use earplugs, that actually doesn’t help because then
you’re always sticking something in your ear and that can traumatize it as well. Sometimes
you use ear drops after you swim. Sometimes like drying out the ear canal with something
as basic as a hair dryer on a low setting. Just dry out the ear. There is actually a
little ear dryer that you can get if your kids are really prone to that kind of trouble.


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