Swimmer's ear is an infection of the outer ear canal that comes about as a result of water remaining in the ear and creating a moist environment where bacteria can thrive. Occasionally, prodding of the ear canal using fingers, cotton, swabs, or other objects can also cause swimmer's ear. Typically, patients can tell when they have swimmer's ear by the pain and itching they feel in their ear canal. They may also see redness in their ear canal as well as feel clear, odorless discharge coming out of their ear. As the infection progresses, the itching may worsen, and the discharge may become pus-like. In severe cases, fever may accompany other symptoms. Learn how to effectively treat swimmer's ear now.
Cleaning Out The Ear
Before you can begin the healing process, make sure your outer ear canal is clear. If there is debris, flaky skin, or even built-up earwax in the way, it is going to be difficult for the drops to flow through properly to all the infected areas. To assist you in cleaning your ear, your doctor may use suction or an ear curette to clean away the blockage and make way for the eardrops. It is crucial for you, however, to keep up the work the doctor begins in cleaning out the ear by maintaining your ear's hygiene. This is especially important while your ear is healing because debris may worsen the infection.
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