Swimmer's Ear (cont.)
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Can I swim with swimmer's ear?
You should not swim if you have swimmer's ear. Even if you wear earplugs, they do not have a tight enough seal to completely keep water out, and your ears need to stay dry to heal. Scuba diving and other water activities also should be avoided.
What kind of doctor treats swimmer's ear?
family practitioner, internist, or pediatrician may initially diagnose and treat swimmer's ear. In an emergency department you would see an emergency medicine specialist. If the condition is severe patients may be referred to an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist, also called an ENT) to treat swimmer's ear.
When should I seek medical care for swimmer's ear?
Call a health-care professional immediately in any of these situations:
Swimmer's ear, in general, is not an emergency. However, a person should go to an emergency department at the hospital if they are experiencing symptoms of swimmer's ear and have diabetes, a compromised immune system, are running a fever, are experiencing dizziness or facial weakness, or have a history of prior ear surgery.
How is swimmer's ear diagnosed?
The doctor can easily make a diagnosis of swimmer's ear after taking a brief history and performing a limited physical examination. Pain produced by gently pulling on the ear as the doctor attempts to examine the ear canal is a likely sign of swimmer's ear.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/7/2015
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