Swimmer's Ear - St. Augustine, Palm Coast and Palatka

The ear canal is divided into three sections: the inner, middle and outer ear. Swimmer's ear is a common outer ear infection (Otitis Externa) that results from water or excessive moisture being trapped around the eardrum. In some cases ruptured ear sores or irritants like hairspray can damage the ear skin allowing germs to enter. External otitis is most often treated with prescription medications and can be prevented by using swimmer's ear plugs.

The primary symptom associated with swimmer's ear is pain in one ear. In addition, there can be a greenish-yellow drainage and the ear may itch. If you suspect that you or your child has swimmer's ear, seek the advice of a qualified ear doctor like Dr. DePasquale. She can use an otoscope to conduct a thorough examination. In more severe cases, a hearing test may be indicated to measure the degree of hearing loss.

Risk Factors for Otitis Externa

Otitis externa is a common problem with children and young adults during the summer months. Risk factors for swimmer's ear can include:

  • swimming in polluted water
  • earwax build-up or impaction
  • living in a humid environment
  • contaminated ear plugs or hearing aids
  • ear sores or broken ear skin
  • use of hair dye or hairspray
  • eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis
  • poorly controlled diabetes in adults

Once the ear infection has been properly treated, Dr. DePasquale can recommend preventative measures to include swimmer's ear plugs. Call us at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response.

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