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After swimming, i have had a problem with water in my ear which is painful. what should i do? swimmers ear

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
Swimmer's ear?: ENT doctor checks your ear after confirmation you will get ear drop which requires prescription, it will have antibiotic , pain killer and decongetant in it, good stuff.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Various strategies : Some people have success from ear plugs. Always use a cloth or tissue to blot water out of ear soon after immersion. Best ear drops are ACETIC ACID. Not antibiotic. Allergic reactions to aminoglycoside antibiotics are common.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
Prescription or OTC: To relieve the pain, you may take Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Be sure to keep your daily Tylenol intake less than 4 grams (even less if you have liver disease). Keep your ears dry and avoid swimming for seven days. If it’s already been around a week or the pain is getting worse, get in touch with your doctor, as there are other medications by prescription only that may be helpful.

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