What Is an Outer Ear Infection? | Ear Problems


Outer ear infections are usually bacterial. And we commonly refer to them as “swimmer’s
ear,” because the most common cause of an outer ear infection is getting water in your
outer ear when you swim. The second most common cause of an outer ear
infection is an individual manipulating their ear with a Q-tip or a hairpin or sometimes
a pen. Outer ear infections present with pain, and
the ear is tender. When you jiggle it or push on it, it will
hurt. You will often have a hearing loss because
your outer ear is swollen closed. The treatment for an outer ear infection is
usually ear drops. When it is severe, you might be given an oral
antibiotic as well.

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