Otitis externa | Swimmer's ear

Otitis externa (Swimmer’s ear) is an infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your head. It’s often brought on by water that remains in your ear, creating a moist environment that aids the growth of bacteria.

Otitis Externa Swimmer's Ear

Otitis externa | Swimmer's ear Causes

The most common cause of Otitis externa is bacterial. Risk factors for acute cases include swimming, minor trauma from cleaning, using hearing aids and ear plugs, and other skin problems, such as psoriasis and dermatitis. People with diabetes are at risk of a severe form of malignant otitis externa.

Otitis externa | Swimmer's ear Treatments

  • antibiotic ear drops – this can treat an underlying bacterial infection.
  • corticosteroid ear drops – this can help to reduce swelling.
  • antifungal ear drops – this can treat an underlying fungal infection.
  • acidic ear drops – this can help kill bacteria.

The information on this website is for general educational purpose only. Readers should consult their physician before considering treatment, and should not interpret their condition solely based on the information above.