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Atwater, CA
A 20-year-old female asked:

Why does my ear canal hurt? it hurts to even touch the entrance of it.

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Lisa Roazen
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Possibly infection.: Your symptoms sound classic for "swimmer's ear," or otitis externa. (You don't have to swim to get it. Anyone can.) An exam by a doctor can tell for sure. This type of infection is cured by antibiotic ear drops, but it is safest to use only AFTER a medical provider has examined you to make sure your eardrum is healthy first. Please see a doctor! Good luck and feel better!
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