Swimmer's Ear (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Home care for swimmer's ear can be used to control pain temporarily. However, because over-the-counter ear drops are not strong enough to cure the infection, a visit to a health care professional for specific medications as indicated. Swimmer's ear is not an emergency situation in most cases, so call the doctor for an appointment.
Call a health care professional immediately in any of these situations:
Swimmer's ear, in general, is not an emergency. However, the person should go to the emergency department at the hospital if they are experiencing symptoms of swimmer's ear and have diabetes, are running a fever, are experiencing dizziness or facial weakness, or have a history of prior ear surgery.
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