5 Signs of Swimmer's Ear
Summer is officially here! This means we are swimming in a pool, the ocean, or lakes. The more time we spend swimming, the more likely we are to get swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear is an infection, inflammation, or a pain in the ear, most likely caused by water trapped in the ear canal.
Here are five signs that you have swimmer’s ear:
- Pain or Earache After Swimming
A painful sensation in the ear canal is the most common symptom of swimmer’s ear. This pain typically occurs within a day or two of swimming. The pain is usually in one ear and is made worse by pulling on the ear or when chewing.
- Itchy Ear Canal
You may be noticing an itchy sensation on the inside of your ear. This type of itching is hard to reach and can feel insatiable. The itchy sensation is common after a few days with swimmer’s ear and usually occurs in one ear.
- Redness on the Outer Ear
The infection or inflammation can cause the outer ear to become red and sensitive. A burning sensation is common with this redness.
- Draining Fluid
The infected ear may begin to drain fluid or pus. The drainage is typically clear, white, or yellow and can sometimes contain blood. This fluid can cause crusting at the opening of the ear canal.
- Ringing in the Ear
Depending on the amount of fluid trapped in the ear canal, your may experience ringing or a dizzy sensation. The fluid can cause tinnitus, which creates the ringing noise. It can also give patients feelings of vertigo, so they feel as though they are spinning.
How is Swimmer's Ear Treated?
If you are noticing any of these symptoms, you should visit one of the specialists at Southeast Texas Ear, Nose & Throat. Treatments offered may include drops containing one of the following:
- Steroids to reduce the inflammation.
- An antibiotic to fight any bacteria.
- An acidic solution to help your ear get back to its normal environment.
- An antifungal medication to fight infections that might have been caused by a fungus.
*Please note: These are just examples of what may be prescribed to help treat your condition. Please contact your Ear, Nose & Throat specialist to schedule an examination for proper treatment.