• A Pain in the EAR…Swimmer’s Ear Explained

    A Pain in the EAR…Swimmer’s Ear Explained

    Swimmer’s ear (also called otitis externa vs otitis media an internal ear infection) is an infection in the outer ear canal.  It’s often caused by water that remains in the ear after swimming.  This water creates a warm, moist environment that harbors bacteria.  It often occurs in swimmers…hence the name!

    Usually swimmers ear symptoms are mild at first but may get worse if infection isn’t treated or spreads.


    Itching in ear

    Slight redness in ear

    Discomfort made worse by pulling on the outer ear

    Clear, odorless fluid

    Pain that can increase

    Treatment and Prevention of Swimmer’s Ear

    Home remedies

    Avoiding water exposure (by not swimming or using ear plugs)

    Drying the ear after swimming or water exposure

    Applying heat to ear to help control pain

    OTC pain relievers (i.e. Swim-Ear)

    Vinegar/Rubbing Alcohol solution (mix equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol.  Use bulb syringe and flush ear)

    DO NOT use Ear Candles!!

    Medical treatment

    Medications prescribed for symptom relief

    Topical ear remedies

    Pain from swimmer’s ear usually goes away within 24 hours after medical treatment and the infection is usually cleared within a week.