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Treatment for Swimmer’s Ear in Severna Park, MD

Swimmer’s ear is a term used to describe an infection of the outer ear canal. Also known as otitis externa, swimmer’s ear is incredibly common in children and, you guessed it, swimmers.

What Causes Swimmer’s Ear?

Forcing objects like cotton swabs or earbuds into your ear can push water deeper inside the ear canal. If water is retained within the ear canal for a substantial period of time it can encourage bacteria to grow within the ear. This bacteria is what often causes an infection within the ear.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear?

Typically, those with an outer ear canal infection will experience an itching sensation from inside of the ear in addition to a fair amount of pain. Other signs of swimmer’s ear include:

  • A blocked or full feeling within the ear
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Redness around the affected ear
  • A fever

How Does Severn River ENT Treat Swimmer’s Ear?

Antibiotic ear drops are commonly prescribed by our specialists to treat swimmer’s ear. If the canal is swollen, your doctor may have to first remove any pus or buildup to allow the drops full access throughout the affected ear.

If the infection is particularly severe, oral antibiotics may be better suited to treat it. The entire treatment process usually takes about one week to cure swimmer’s ear.

Over-the-counter pain relievers can greatly reduce pain caused by swimmer’s ear, but these alone will not stop the infection. If you notice intense pain or a fever you should contact a doctor immediately, as these are signs of a particularly severe case of swimmer’s ear.

Call Severn River ENT Today!

To have your case of swimmer’s ear properly diagnosed and treated by an ENT specialist at Severn River ENT, please call (410) 544-9988 to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online today!


HEALTH ALERT:  COVID-19 (Novel 2019 Corona virus)

Attention:  Severn River ENT does not have the ability to test for COVID-19.  Please contact your primary care doctor, if you have concerns or questions about being tested.

1)  If you or your loved one is experiencing cough, shortness of breath, fever or other flu-like symptoms, and you already have a scheduled appointment with us, we are asking you to please call us instead of coming into the office. A medical professional will triage you over the phone, and determine the appropriate course of action.

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Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and remember to wash your hands frequently, and limit your social contacts in these ensuing weeks, as much as possible, in order to slow the spread of the virus in our community.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Thank you,
Dr. Kleiman and the medical team 
Severn River ENT

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