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Swimmer's Ear Treatments

Treatment

Treatment options include the following:

Drainage

Your doctor will remove any drainage or pus from the ear canal using a suction.

Drug Treatment

Prescription ear drops containing infection-fighting medications and inflammation reducers, like antibiotics and corticosteroids, are the usual treatment for otitis externa. Sometimes, antibiotic or antifungal pills are prescribed. With treatment, symptoms of otitis externa usually decrease in severity within 24 hours to three days. If the ear canal is very swollen, it may not allow the ear drops to get in. A small sponge, called a wick, may be inserted in the ear canal to absorb the drops. It is usually removed after 24-48 hours.

Other Suggestions

Your doctor may also recommend:

  • Keep the ear dry for 7 to 10 days.
  • Take baths instead of showers.
  • Avoid swimming.
  • Do not rub or scratch the ear or inside the ear canal.

If you are diagnosed with otitis externa, follow your doctor's instructions.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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