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How do I know if I have “swimmer’s ear”?

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I have been experiencing a pain in my outer left ear that is starting to swell and effect my overall hearing, could this be an outer ear infection? I have read about “swimmer’s ear” before and fear that this may be what I’m currently dealing with.

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

If you are experiencing an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal, it is likely due to an outer ear infection, clinically known as otitis externa and commonly known as Swimmer’s Ear.

The condition gets its name from the situation where bacteria grows in a moist ear of someone who has gone swimming, but any time the outer ear canals are unable to protect against bacterial growth, an outer ear infection can occur. An ear’s natural defenses can be affected by excess moisture, scratches or abrasions, or the a skin’s sensitivity to items like jewelery or products like hair spray.

You can find more information about this condition on this page.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at 832-237-7777 today!

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1 Answer

0

Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

If you are experiencing an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal, it is likely due to an outer ear infection, clinically known as otitis externa and commonly known as Swimmer’s Ear.

The condition gets its name from the situation where bacteria grows in a moist ear of someone who has gone swimming, but any time the outer ear canals are unable to protect against bacterial growth, an outer ear infection can occur. An ear’s natural defenses can be affected by excess moisture, scratches or abrasions, or the a skin’s sensitivity to items like jewelery or products like hair spray.

You can find more information about this condition on this page.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at 832-237-7777 today!