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Swimmer's Ear

What is swimmer's ear?

Swimmer's ear (also known as otitis externa, or ear ache) is an inflammation, irritation, or infection of the ear and/or outer ear canal. Swimmer's ear can occur if contaminated water stays in direct contact with the ear canal for a long period of time.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of swimmer's ear include:

  • Itchiness inside the ear
  • Decreased hearing in the affected ear
  • The ear becomes red and inflamed
  • Pain when the infected ear is tugged or when the head is moved
  • Yellow, yellow-green, pus draining from the infected ear

Symptoms of swimmer's ear usually appear within a few days of getting contaminated water in the ear.

What is the treatment?

If you have swimmer's ear, visit Healthcare Clinic to determine the appropriate course of treatment for your specific case.

This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.

Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Healthcare Clinic nearest you.

If you believe you have a medical emergency,  please call 911.

* Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC.