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Is swimmers ear contagious?

Is swimmers ear contagious?

No, it comes-: -from contaminated water or the chemicals in pools. Not spread person2 person. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more


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How long does swimmer ear last for?

How long does swimmer ear last for?

Not long: Cindy,

If you are not re-exposing yourself, swimmer's ear (an ear canal irritation from chlorine) should only last a few days. If it persists, it could be an infection, and you should see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long does the pain last for in swimmer. Ear?

How long does the pain last for in swimmer. Ear?

Needs treatment.. .: Then usually 5-7 days or so. It may just run it'sccourse but it will B prolonged. C Ur PCP 4 Rx. ...Read more

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How to help swimmers ear?

How to help swimmers ear?

Have it cleaned: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation. ...Read more

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Is swimmers ear permanent?

Is swimmers ear permanent?

Not permanent: Swimmer's ear describes infection of the external auditory canal. While the infection can be chronic and recurrent, particularly in swimmers and those who tend to get water or moisture in their ear canals, it is not a "permanent" disease. ...Read more

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How can I fix swimmers ear?

Debridement, drops: First thing is removing the debris that accompanies the infection. The next is treating the infection with either antibiotic ear drops, or when there is an intact ear drum, treatment with vinegar/water mixture. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have swimmers ear?

How to tell if I have swimmers ear?

Swimmers ear: If you have a smelly discharge from your ear, it may and I emphasize it may indicate swimmers ear. Also if gently tug on the pinnacle of the ear and you elicit pain it's a good bet that you have swimmers ear. ...Read more

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How to stop the pain of swimmers ear?

How to stop the pain of swimmers ear?

Steroids: Once the ear gets inflammed a topical steroid and antibiotic combination will help to make you feel better fast. See your physician to get treated. To prevent this in the future you can use a 1:1 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar and put that in your ear after swimming and bathing. ...Read more

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What is swimmers ear and how can it be treated?

What is swimmers ear and how can it be treated?

Swimmers ear: Usually seen in the younger age. Usually due to swimming in dirty water. Its an infection of the outer ear canal. Treatment is to use antibiotics. If its a fungal infection then anti-fungals. ...Read more

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What are ways to keep from getting swimmers ear?

What are ways to keep from getting swimmers ear?

The unavoidable: Generally swimmer's ear can occur in people who clean their ears too frequently with q-tips, swimming in unsanitary water but can also happen for reasons that we don't always understand. Keep your ears dry after swimming, watch for alerts of high bacterial counts in the water, protect your ears from irritants like hairsprays or hair dyes, avoid cleaning eras with hard objects to prevent scratches. ...Read more

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Vigamox for swimmers ear?

Vigamox for swimmers ear?

Not a good choice: It is not a good choice as it is expensive, comes in 3ml bottle and cost about 80 to 100 dollars. There are better and cheaper choices for treating swimmers ears. Talk to your doctors. ...Read more

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What are good decongestants for swimmers ear?

What are good decongestants for swimmers ear?

Not much: Swimmers war causes swelling in the ear canal so decongestants won't help. You need an antibiotic ear drop. Sometimes we use ear drops with steroids to help with the swelling. ...Read more

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Whst is the treatment for swimmers ear?

Whst is the treatment for swimmers ear?

Drying and antibioti: Swimmer's ear is usually a topical infection inthe ear canal. Not the ear drum. Dry the fluid and put in antibiotic drops. ...Read more

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How can I treat swimmers ear?

How can I treat swimmers ear?

Vinegar & alcohol: Use a solution of 1/2 white vinegar, and 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Place 5-10 drops in each ear after swimming, lying on each side for 5-10 minutes. If you feel you have an infection, use the drops 4 times a day. The alcohol dries the ear canal, and the white vinegar maintains a healthy acid/base balance (pH) to prevent infection. ...Read more

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What do I do to help my swimmers ear?

What do I do to help my swimmers ear?

Remove ear wax: You can get an over-the-counter ear wax remover that will due wonders on swimmers ear because swimmers ear is just earwax that has expanded from moisture and may sometimes be associated with bacterial overgrowth behind the waxy plug. Once removed it brings great relief. ...Read more

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What's a way to ease the pain of swimmers ear?

Try alcohol drops: Sold otc to dry out water in the ear. If this doesn't help you may need to see a doctor for possible treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Vigamox for kids swimmers ear?

Vigamox for kids swimmers ear?

No: This medication is designed, tested and approved for treatment of eye disease. ...Read more

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What is the medical terminology for swimmers ear?

What is the medical terminology for swimmers ear?

Otitis Externa: The medical term is otitis externa caused by an accumulation of ear wax in the canal. You can get an over-the-counter ear wax remover that will due wonders on swimmers ear because swimmers ear is just earwax that has expanded from moisture and may sometimes be associated with bacterial overgrowth behind the waxy plug. Once removed it brings great relief. ...Read more

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How should get rid of swimmers ear?

Swimmers ear: If you alrady suffer from the pains of swimmers ear, a presciption of antibiotics with steroids in an acid vehicle will cure. As a preventative, instill several drops of a solution of equal parts rubbing alcohol and white vinegar into each ear after end of swimming, . ...Read more

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Is it ok to swim in the ocean if I have swimmers ear?

Is it ok to swim in the ocean if I have swimmers ear?

Yes, but...: ... The chemistry of the ocean may irritate further the bad ear and either slow the healing process or make it worse. ...Read more

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Swimmers ear still blocked 7 days?

Swimmer's ear or wax: Swimmer's ear is inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal. It can be treated with drops; it is reasonable to try vinegar drops first before obtaining a prescription drop. If the ear is completely blocked, however, it could be from impacted wax. This can be softened with hydrogen peroxide then flushed out with warm water. If neither treatment works, see your doctor! ...Read more

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What can be done to cure my swimmers ear?

What can be done to cure my swimmers ear?

Debridement: The infected stuff should be cleaned out by an ent. Antibiotic drops are also needed. You can facilitate this on your own with irrigation of your ear with vinegar/water if your ear drum is intact. ...Read more

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Swimmers ear home remedies to relieve pain?

Swimmers ear home remedies to relieve pain?

Ibuprofen: If you have swimmer's ear that is an infection of the ear canal and is going to require antibiotic treatment. In the meantime take ibuprofen for pain. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for swimmers ear?

Are there any home remedies for swimmers ear?

Yes: Although acute swimmers ear may need antibiotic drops, it may be prevented by making sure ears are kept dry, isopropyl alcohol drops after water contamination, and several drops white table vinegar each ear at bedtime to maintain acid level in ear canal which helps prevent infection. Must make sure no hole in ear drum. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies to treat swimmers ear?

Are there any home remedies to treat swimmers ear?

Otitis externa: Avoid any further trauma to the ear
do not attempt to remove visible debris or drainage from the ear
stop swimming or exposure to water until the condition improves
apply heat to the ear to control the pain at home
try a over-the-counter pain medicines such as Aspirin Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen
nonprescription ear drops are not usually strong enough to cure the problem.
Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to make swimmers ear go away?

Debridement: You need to have the infected debris from your ear canal removed and have antibiotics to treat the infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about auro-dri for swimmers ear?

It helps: The product works to dry the water stuck in your ear canal after swimming. You can make your own. Just mix isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and white vinegar 50:50. Put 2-3 drops in the wRs after swimming. ...Read more

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How long does it take for swimmers ear to go away with medication?

How long does it take for swimmers ear to go away with medication?

Otitis Externa: Ear drops are needed for 7 days provided they are put properly, pulling the ear, holding the drops in for 20 minutes and tilting head properly on opposite side. At the most it should take 2 weeks after which it should be reevaluated.
Any worsening of symptoms during that time should be immediately reevaluated, since complication are common esp in diabetics. ...Read more

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Swimmers ear or teething, how can I tell?

Swimmers ear or teething, how can I tell?

The ear will hurt: Swimmer's ear is an external otitis the ear itself is sensitive to the touch. Teething pain can refer to the ear, but the ear won't be sensitive. ...Read more

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Why does your ear pop when you have swimmers ear?

Why does your ear pop when you have swimmers ear?

Ear popping: Occurs when there is a change in the air pressure on one side of ear drum. The ear drum (tympanic membrane) is a thin flexible membrane, and changes in pressure on either side can cause it to move abruptly causing the "pop" you experience. Swimmer's ear causes swelling in the ear canal which affects the air pressure on the outside of the ear drum. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of swimmers ear?

See doctor: Swimmers ear is an infection of the ear canal. You will need prescription ear drops to get rid of it. Ibuprofen works for the pain in the meantime ...Read more

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Okay to get drunk with a swimmers ear?

Okay to get drunk with a swimmers ear?

Don't recommend: Getting drunk whether you have otits externa or not. Alcohol intoxication is not healthy. ...Read more

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Do cotton balls in your ear help swimmers ear?

No: Swimmer's ear is misnomer for external otitis. This is an infection, dermatitis of the skin of the external ear canal. A cotton ball would only help if you want to prevent water from getting into the ear canal. External otitis may be the result of swimming, but is often the result from q-tip usage, fungal infections, bacterial infections, all involving the outer ear. No cotton balls won't help. ...Read more

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Would it be unhealthy to have water trapped in your ear when you have swimmers ear?

Would it be unhealthy to have water trapped in your ear when you have swimmers ear?

Can happen: If there is enough swelling of the skin/tissue in the ear canal, fluids (both internal and external) can get trapped in there. I've seen all kinds of secretions in ears related to otitis externa (swimmer's ear). Once you start the drops, often which contain a topical steroid, the swelling will go down and that feeling of trapped fluid will quickly resolve. ...Read more