Q. What can be done to get rid of swimmer's ear?

Answered by Dr. Shyam Kalyan N and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


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Hello doctor,

I have swimmers ear and I do not know how to get rid of it and now my ears hurt extremely bad.

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Dr. Shyam Kalyan N
Allergy Specialist, Otolaryngology (E.N.T


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If you have diffuse otitis externa then you must rule out malignant otitis externa. If you are immunocompromised or a diabetic you need to worry about the same. It will be prudent to get a culture sensitivity swab of the discharge from the ear whenever you have the condition.

A permanent solution would require you to avoid water entry into the ears. Anti-inflammatory medicines like Trypsin-Chymotrypsin will be contributory to remove the edema and swelling inside. Appropriate antibiotic drops will lessen the bacterial flora. Acetic acid drops are available which restore the pH inside the ear canal and prevent bacterial growth. An otoscopic examination can rule out otomycosis which requires anti-fungal drops. Do revert back if you require any further support.

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