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A 20-year-old female asked:

Can a ear tube cause swimmer's ear infection if you accidentally get water in your ear.?

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Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Otorrhea: What can happen with an ear tube in place is that the water goes through the tube into the middle ear and causes an infection in the middle ear. This then drains out into the ear canal(called otorrhea with intact tympanostomy tube). It is best treated with antibiotic ear drops that an ENT doctor can prescribe for you.
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