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Overview of Swimmer’s Ear and Its Treatment

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Swimmer’s ear also known as External Otitis is an infection of the skin found in the ear canal and the outer covering of the ear. This infection is caused due to the infestation of bacteria like treptococcus, staphylococcus or other pseudomonas types found in bacteria. The bacterium spreads to the body due to excessive contact with polluted water. The water collects at the canal region of the ear. After certain interval the skin starts becoming soggy and becomes a habitable place / media for the attack of bacteria. Sometimes cuts, cracks or skin lesions on the ear also predispose to the manifestation of bacteria.

The primary and one of the most evident symptoms of the progression of this disease is the fullness of ear accompanied by abnormal itching. Then, the ear canal seems to swell as it gives way to the flow of ear drainage. At the onset of this particular symptom, the person experiences pain, especially when one pulls or moves the outer portion of the ear. Also, the side of the face where the infection is found becomes swelled up. The level of swelling can be so acute that the inner glands of the neck may become enlarged and visible to the naked eye. People facing such severe symptoms face difficulties in opening their jaw.

There are self-care and medical treatments as well as preventive measures than can relieve you from the outbreak of this infection. One of the primary steps towards the self-cure of this infection is to avoid further traumas to the ear. It is very important for the person to refrain himself from cleaning or clearing the drainage coming out of the ear, instead he must visit a doctor for the same.

In severe cases, the above mentioned steps may act as a secondary treatment. Such people should be given an immediate dosage of over-the-counter medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These medicines will offer instant relief from the excruciating pain.  Further, there are numerous ear drops that contain strong anti-biotic which can be purchased only after the due prescription of the doctor. Corticosteroids in form of pills and drops can also be used to inhibit the further growth of the bacterial infestation. Visit the doctor every day to get the drainage cleaned so that the medicines are allowed to work better.

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