Swimmer’s Ear Outline
Any age group
- Yellowish or greenish drainage
Most commonly seen after the person has been swimming.
- Red tender external ear, sore to touch or movement
- Yellowish or greenish drainage (purulent)
Most common complaint is pain and itching
- Conductive hearing loss
- Tympanometry – Unable to do study because of pain
- Collection for culture
- Antibiotic ear drops
- Pain medication
- Heat to the area
Most patients take 3 to 4 days before they start to feel better. The infections can sometimes take weeks to completely heal. The patient must be cautioned against getting any water in the ear.
All people with this problem need to be seen by their doctor.
Over the counter ear drops which have alcohol and vinegar in them that will dry the ear. If the ear is infected, the alcohol may produce a burning-sensation.