By Dr. B.B. Khatri, Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT)
Swimmer’s ear is an infection that occurs in the ear canal that connects the eardrum to the outer ear. It is basically caused from the leftover water inside the ear after swimming. This creates an environment which facilitates a breeding ground for bacteria. Various particles such as sand that may enter your ear canal during swimming may irritate the ear canal and cause various problems. The chances of getting affected by swimmer’s ear increase if you live in humid conditions have a narrow ear canal or a dry skin. The Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear are: 1. You may experience redness in the ear canal 2. A constant itch 3. Discomfort that aggravates if the outer ear is pulled 4. Fluid leakage from the ear 5. Severe symptoms may cause formation of pus 6. You may experience problems in hearing 7. You may experience swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck 8. Fever 9. You may experience a feeling of fullness in the ear This condition may result in additional complications such as: 1. Deep Tissue Infection: This disease may spread to the inner layers of the tissue present inside the ears. 2. Temporary Hearing Loss: It may lead to temporary loss of hearing. 3. Bone and Cartilage Complication: Infection in the outer ear may lead to damage to the cartilage present in the ear.