Swimmers Ear

Will My Swimmers’ Ear Clear Up on Its Own?

Swimmer’s Ear, also known as an outer ear infection, is the occurrence of water left inside the ear. Many find that they can manage it at home. However, if not properly treated, this type of ear infection has the potential to become serious or chronic if not properly treated. Seeing a physician to help monitor the condition and manage the infection and symptoms can often be a good course of action.

Causes of Swimmer’s Ear

The most common cause of this type of infection is water left inside of the ear after swimming or a bath. The water can easily draw in bacteria.

Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear

  • Redness and swelling of the ear
  • Fluid drainage, especially yellow or green
  • Muffled hearing
  • Itching
  • Pain in the ear

Tips to Prevent and Manage Ear Infections

Prevention is key for good health, especially those that suffer from more frequent ear infections. There are ways you can take care of your ear to prevent and to deal with symptoms after an infection strikes.

  • Use a shower cap when bathing and do all you can to keep ears dry while swimming.
  • Avoid swimming when you suspect an infection.
  • Remove any discharge and debris from the ear gently with cotton wool, and only enter the outer ear.
  • Use a warm towel to relieve pain.
  • Limit use of ear plugs and earrings.
  • Read labels of ear drops before use as they often contain common allergens.

If you or your loved one is suffering from swimmer’s ear, contact QuestCare Urgent Care for hours and locations near you.