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Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear)

Key Points about Swimmer's Ear

  • Swimmer’s ear is also called otitis externa. It is an inflammation of the external ear canal.
  • Water that stays in the ear canal during swimming may let bacteria and fungi grow.
  • Swimmer’s ear usually clears up in 7 to 10 days when treated.
  • To help prevent swimmer’s ear, dry your child’s ears well after swimming or bathing; gently clean your child’s ears.
  • What is swimmer’s ear?
  • What causes swimmer’s ear in a child?
  • Who is at risk for swimmer’s ear?
  • What are the symptoms of swimmer’s ear in a child?
  • How is swimmer’s ear diagnosed?
  • How is swimmer’s ear treated?
  • What are the possible complications of swimmer's ear?
  • What can I do to prevent swimmer’s ear in my child?
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George Zalzal

George Zalzal

Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Pamela Mudd

Pamela Mudd

Director, Pediatric Voice Program
Otolaryngologist
Diego Preciado

Diego Preciado

Vice Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly

Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Rahul Shah

Rahul Shah

Vice President
Chief Quality and Safety Officer
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