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Understanding and Treating Swimmer's Ear

Jul. 21 2020

Brian K. Heaberlin, MD, is a doctor at Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. In the video below, he talks about swimmer's ear, a condition that's most common in the summer.

Swimmer's ear is an infection in the skin of the outer portion of the ear canal.

Swimmer's ear can occur when water remains in your ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that aids bacterial growth.

A diagram of the inside of a human ear, showing the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. The ear is infected with Swimmer’s Ear, displayed by an inflamed infection in the ear canal between a normal looking eardrum and clear discharge coming out of the opening of the ear.

It also occur in people who have wax in their ears that holds water in place, or in people who over clean their ears, leading skin to be more delicate and allowing infection to develop easier.

Usually you can treat swimmer's ear with antibiotic ear drops. Prompt treatment can help prevent complications and more-serious infections.

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