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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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Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) 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 have to catch a flight tomorrow and have swimmers ear. my ears are quite blocked. will the flight be painful? if so, is there any thing i can take?

i have to catch a flight tomorrow and have swimmers ear. my ears are quite blocked. will the flight be painful? if so, is there any thing i can take?

Swimmer ear: if you are on drops fine. If not get some from your primary doctor who will have someone on call that can call this in for you. Swimmer's ear is usually not too affected by changes in pressure. You should be fine to fly. The ear needs to get cleaned out by an ENT doctor who has the equipment to do so readily. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I went to ER 3 weeks ago. I had swimmers ear. The pain is mostly gone but I still can't hear out of it. Why?

I went to ER 3 weeks ago. I had swimmers ear. The pain is mostly gone but I still can't hear out of it. Why?

Swelling and debris: After this type of infection, it is not uncommon for the ear swelling to persist and for there to be some debris and old wax in the ear left over from the infection. There may also be some crusting. You should see a doctor and have the ear cleaned. Make sure the doctor does not try to wash out the debris, that may make things worse. Ear nose and throat doctors have special tools to do this. ...Read more

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I have swimmers ear and have to take ear drops for 5 days but u can't swim for 7 days why can't I swim after 5?

I have swimmers ear and have to take ear drops for 5 days but u can't swim for 7 days why can't I swim after 5?

Stay dry: If you return to swimming too early can prolong the infection. So we don't recommend it. If you absolutely need to get back in the water, check with your MD to see if wearing ear plugs is a good alternative for your specific case ...Read more

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Yesterday I got diagnosed with swimmers ear in my left ear (which had been hurting for a few days), now both hurt. Should I go back?

Yesterday I got diagnosed with swimmers ear in my left ear (which had been hurting for a few days), now both hurt. Should I go back?

Depends: If you were recently diagnosed with swimmers ear and you have exactly the same symptoms in the other, you can use your ear drops in both ears safely and effectively (swimmers ear can occur in both ears at the same time). If the symptoms are even slightly different, a re-evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had swimmers ear for like 4 days now and can I go swimming in the ocean?

What to do if I have had swimmers ear for like 4 days now and can I go swimming in the ocean?

Absolutely not: If you have swimmer's ear you should avoid swimming and water in your ear including salt water. The treatment of swimmer's ear is generally an ear cleaning by an ENT and the use of antibiotic ear drops to treat the infection that is causing it. Water can exacerbate the situation and worsen your ear infection. ...Read more

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I recently went to the doctor 2 days ago with swimmers ear and the pain has not subdued, just gotten worse.. Help!, what to do?

Go back: You may need a stronger ear drop and/or an oral antibiotic as well. Sometimes an anti fungal medication is also needed. While you're there ask for pain meds too. Swimmers ear is terribly painful! ...Read more