Swimmer's Ear? You're Not Alone

Swimmer's Ear? You're Not Alone

 | Friday, April 19, 2019

Swimmer’s ear is a bacterial infection of the outer ear canal, usually associated with excess moisture in the ear. Approximately 1 in 123 people gets swimmer’s ear every year. While we tend to think of it more as a childhood condition, 53% of cases are in patients aged 20 years or older.

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Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the ear canal that is usually caused by different types of bacteria, leading to 2.4 million healthcare visits each year.

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And did you know that although in 2007 44% of cases happened in just the 3 months from June to August, you don’t have to be a swimmer, or even go in the water, to get swimmer’s ear? It’s true … damaging the skin that lines the ear (by putting foreign objects into the ear) or exposing the ear to excess moisture while outside of the pool, such as sweat or rain, can also lead to swimmer’s ear.

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If you think you have swimmer’s ear, contact your doctor. Remember, it’s often caused by a bacterial infection and may require treatment with a prescription medicine. Find out more about swimmer’s ear here.


 

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