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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

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 have to catch a flight tomorrow and have swimmers ear. My ears are quite blocked. Will the flight be painful? If so, is there anything 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 anything 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

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Surfer. Had swimmers ear in 1 ear, pain on n off. Didn't go in water for one month and took amox for 10 days. First day back in water had pain in ear.?

Surfer. Had swimmers ear in 1 ear, pain on n off. Didn't go in water for one month and took amox for 10 days. First day back in water had pain in ear.?

Swimmers Ear: Amoxicillin is not the appropriate treatment for otitis externa (swimmers ear). Staying out of the water is part of the treatment but you may need ear drops. I like ciprodex which is part steroid and part antibiotic. Your swimmer's ear may never have resolved in the first place. I would advise you see a doctor and have them look in your ear to see if you still have it. ...Read more

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I have what I think is swimmers ear or water in my left ear from multiple days in the ocean. It is now day 4 and no relief despite using oxygen peroxi?

I have what I think is swimmers ear or water in my left ear from multiple days in the ocean. It is now day 4 and no relief despite using oxygen peroxi?

Swimmers ear: Clean the ear from accumulated debris and wax. We often get such infections in areas where medical help is not readily available. A DIY solution often involves flushing or cleaning the ear canal (kids water gun) followed by flush of 1/2 strength white vinegar that creates an unfriendly growth environment for bacteria.
Using white vinegar as preventive after a swim can also be helpful. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with "swimmers ear" and the doctor prescribed ear drops. For the past few days my ears have felt very clogged. Is this normal?

I was diagnosed with "swimmers ear" and the doctor prescribed ear drops. For the past few days my ears have felt very clogged. Is this normal?

Yes: Have an ear infection and having drops in your ear canal can both make your ears feel clogged. Worsening symptoms or new symptoms should prompt you to seek additional care. Be well. ...Read more

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I am in Colombia and believe I have a mild case of swimmers ear. I am scheduled for two days of diving. Tenderness, no pain in ear. Am I ok to dive?

I am in Colombia and believe I have a mild case of swimmers ear.  I am scheduled for two days of diving.  Tenderness, no pain in ear.  Am I ok to dive?

OK: A swimmer's ear would not be dangerous. However, it the infection involves the middle ear and there is fluid or increased pressure then yes you would be at danger to rupture the tympanic membrane. If there is any doubt, be checked. All the best. ...Read more

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Ear pain/itching 5 days ago. Went to doc said it swimmers ear(didn't swim) Got drops lymph node behind ear is now swollen. No pain or itching though.?

Ear pain/itching 5 days ago. Went to doc said it swimmers ear(didn't swim) Got drops lymph node behind ear is now swollen. No pain or itching though.?

OK: Here it is...
SWIMMER'S EAR (Otitis Externa) which spreads to a lymph node REQUIRES ORAL ANTIBIOTICS!!!!!
DROPS ARE NOT ENOUGH

Call your Family Physician or Primary Care Provider for a Prescription or join HEALTH TAP PRIME.


Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Had swimmers ear, after AB it's in my right ear.101.6 fever, front of my head huts, neck sore. Go to ER? Wait two days for my appointment?

Had swimmers ear, after AB it's in my right ear.101.6 fever, front of my head huts, neck sore. Go to ER? Wait two days for my appointment?

Go to the ER.: A fever that high in a 22-year old is worrisome especially after already completing a course of antibiotics. Don't wait. Go get checked out. ...Read more

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Q1: swimmers ear diagnosed by ENT dr. 10 days later ear is worse. Doc prescribed tx of alcohol & vinegar, steroid and antibiotic drops plus (cont.)?

Q1: swimmers ear diagnosed by ENT dr.  10 days later ear is worse. Doc prescribed tx of alcohol & vinegar, steroid and antibiotic drops plus (cont.)?

Go back to doctor: Are you diabetic? Do you have problems with immune function? How are you worse? If the regimen above is not working you need to be seen again and re-assessed. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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5 days, no relief.DX'd by ENT w/ swimmers ear. On pain med, cipro,and ear drops. Went from 1 ear to both. Hearing loss. Swollen, sore nodes. Next step?

5 days, no relief.DX'd by ENT w/ swimmers ear. On pain med, cipro,and ear drops. Went from 1 ear to both. Hearing loss. Swollen, sore nodes.  Next step?

Check with ENT: Usually oral abx would not work well on swimmer's ears but wonder if there is already abx in your ear drops. However, with the problem spreading and onset of hearing loss and tender nodes, I suspect that something systemic is going on. Need to contact your ENT again ASAP and may need blood works as well. ...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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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 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?

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