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Swimmer's Ear (cont.)

Swimmer's Ear Prognosis

Ear drops are usually placed into the ear canal two to three times a day. It is helpful to have a second person put the ear drops in while the patient lies on their side with the affected ear facing up. The person should lie on the opposite side of the head when the drops are placed to allow the drops to soak in the ear, and not run out of the ear canal (if the patient prematurely stands up).

Swimmer's ear clears up within a week for most people. Pain generally goes away within 24 hours if appropriate therapy is used.

Failure to promptly reduce pain and swelling is often caused by excess debris in the canal that needs to be removed by the doctor.

Medically reviewed by Martin E. Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery

REFERENCE: Otitis Externa in Emergency Medicine.

Previous contributing author: Saimak T. Nabili, MD, MPH

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/11/2015

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