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Swimmer’s ear amanda

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  1. 1. Swimmer’s Ear By: Amanda Wolfe
  2. 2. Definition An inflammation of the canal in the outer ear that is characterized by itching, redness, swelling, pain, and discharge. Typically occurs when water trapped in the outer ear during swimming becomes infected, usually with a bacterium.
  3. 3. Symptoms The most common symptom of Swimmer’s Ear is pain. Pain gradually begins over a day or two. The pain almost always involves only one ear. The pain is especially intense when the ear is touched or pulled. The outer ear may be red, and in severe cases the ear canal may be swollen shut.
  4. 4. Causes Any break in the skin lining can lead to infection, allowing bacteria or fungi to invade the outer ear. Generally, any inflammation of the outer ear canal, such as infections, allergies, or skin conditions, can lead to swimmer’s ear.
  5. 5. Treatment If a person is allergic to these, try a variety of over-the-counter pain medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil), or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol). Apply heat to the ear to control the pain at home. Warmth from a heating pad may provide some relief. Fold a towel in half and place it between the heating pad and the ear.
  6. 6. Statistics Swimmer’s ear causes about 2.4 million trips to the doctor or hospitals in a year. Swimmer’s ear is an itchy, painful, outer ear infection that can occur when bacteria in swimming water get through breaks in the skin.

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