originally from health.com by Cathie Ericson
Splashing around in a pool isn’t the only way you can contract this painful, itchy infection. Here’s what experts say about other causes, symptoms to look for, and the best way to ease the discomfort.
If you’ve ever experienced an ear infection, then you know how uncomfortable and even painful it can be. Swimmer’s ear is a specific type of ear infection that also causes discomfort and pain in and around the outer ear canal. it typically starts out mild, with moderate itching and redness, and then can become tender and inflamed, potentially harming your ability to hear.
Despite its name, you don’t have to spend time at a beach or in a pool to pick up swimmer’s ear. This condition can happen after you take a shower or bath, or you simply clean your ears with cotton swabs. And while kids are more prone to swimmer’s ear because they have narrower ear canals, adults are very much at risk well.