Health Tip: Treating Swimmer's Ear10/17/12
(HealthDay News) -- Swimmer's ear, medically called otitis
externa, is an infection that occurs when fluid gets trapped inside
the ear. It is a painful condition that requires a doctor's
The Nemours Foundation mentions these treatment guidelines for
- Administer as directed any prescription antibiotics and steroid
drops prescribed by your doctor.
- If the ear is swollen or packed with debris or pus, expect the
doctor to gently clean out the ear.
- Offer over-the-counter pain relief medication to a child; your
doctor may recommend prescription pain medication if pain is
- Ease discomfort by placing a warm washcloth or heating pad
against the ear.
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