It’s called otitis externa, but you probably know it more clearly as swimmer’s ear. It’s an ear infection that causes pain in the outer ear canal, and it affects anyone from children to adults. It’s not always swimming that brings on a case of swimmer’s ear. It’s caused by any water left in the ear following an introduction to water, and it can be caused by a long bath, playing in the tub, or even spending time on water slides at a water park. Many people are familiar with it, but not many know precisely what swimmer’s ear is, how it affects their hearing, or what causes it. It’s time to educate yourself about what it is and what it means for your future health.
What are the Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear?
You might not notice much pain at first, but it grows in severity the longer swimmer’s ear goes untreated. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and it’s important you learn which are mild, which are moderate, and which symptoms are severe.
Mild signs of swimmer’s ear include the following:
– Uncomfortable itching in the ear canal
– Mild red color in the ear
– Odorless and clear fluid drainage
– Slight discomfort
The signs of a mild swimmer’s ear infection are so mild it’s often unnoticeable. Some children don’t even realize their ear is in pain when this occurs, and many people mistake the drainage for water pouring from the ear after a day of swimming or exposure to water. If anyone with a high pain tolerance experiences any of this pain, chances are good they will not notice much of anything but a small discomfort at times.
You might not be someone with a mild infection. You might suffer from a moderately painful bout of swimmer’s ear, and that might bring about symptoms that are more