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Swimmers Ear Causes
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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