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What would cause my son's ear to bleed slightly after having swimmers ear?

What would cause my son's ear to bleed slightly after having swimmers ear?

Inflammation: Is the cause of swimmers ear. The skin gets wet and boggy and inflamed and it could bleed from that or if he picks it at all it could bleed. If he had a middle ear infection as well and the eardrum perforated it could bleed. None of these are terrible problems. If you are concerned it is always a good idea to have it checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Also known as otitis externa, this is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more


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I had swimmers ear today and put in some over-the-counter ear drops which caused me a lot of pain. it wont go away, what should I do?

I had swimmers ear today and put in some over-the-counter ear drops which caused me a lot of pain. it wont go away, what should I do?

Swimmers ear: Certainly don't use the drops again. Take some ibuprofen, put some mild heat on your ear. I feel you can try and prevent swimmers ear with OTC droops but treatment takes prescription drops. This outer ear infection can get quite severe and sometimes even needs oral antibiotics. If your ear is red, you have fevers or the pain is unbearable go to an urgent care or even the ER. ...Read more

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What could cause a sore throat and headache with swimmers ear?

What could cause a sore throat and headache with swimmers ear?

Infection: This could be a viral or bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract. Please see a medical doctor for exam and treatment and feel better! ...Read more

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Is it common for Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydrocortisone Otic Suspension USP 10 mL to cause pain with swimmers ear and a middle ear infec?

Is it common for Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydrocortisone Otic Suspension USP 10 mL to cause pain with swimmers ear and a middle ear infec?

Ear pain: The suspension usually does not , the solution which is more acidic can more often. Would have ear checked for TM perforation. ...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 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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Swimmers ear still blocked 7 days?

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

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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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