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Swimmer’s Ear: Protecting Your Child From Infection
If your child starts to complain about an itching feeling in the ear or if you start to see pus or a colored liquid oozing out of their ear, it is possible that they have a condition called Swimmer’s Ear. Get them to Pediatric Partners immediately to get this problem treated.
What is Swimmer’s Ear?
Medically termed as otitis externa, Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation that affects the external section of the canal of your ear. This happens when there is water in the ear that does not get drained properly, usually from a bath or during swimming.
Causes of Swimmer’s Ear
Swimmer’s ear is very common in children, especially as they get to their teens. This problem sometimes occurs along with another kind of infection like ear infections or respiratory problems. Unclean water is usually the most common cause of ear problems. Bacteria in the water can get into your child’s ear and get into the canal region, causing an infection. If something gets stuck in the ear or if the ear is scratched too much, it could also pick up an infection. Cleaning ears with cotton swabs and other instruments could also damage the skin inside the ear if it is done too harshly. Fungus rarely causes Swimmer’s ear.
Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear
Some of the common ear infection symptoms are:
• An earache that keeps getting worse, especially when you pull on the outer part of the ear
• Loss of hearing or a ringing in ears
• Itching on the outer part of the ear or even on the ear canal
• Liquid that starts to drain from the ear which is usually a yellow, green or pus like color and often has a foul smell
As soon your child starts suffering from swimmer’s ear, you should visit our office immediately. For swimmers ear treatment, ear drops are given for a course that ranges from ten to fourteen days. The antibiotics in the ear drops clear out the infection. In some cases when the problem is really bad, the doctor may ask you to use a wick that will have to be inserted into your child’s ear so that the drops can flow down right to the canal. If the infection has spread beyond the ear, the doctor may also prescribe oral antibiotics. Corticosteroids are also often prescribed in order to reduce the inflammation.
At Pediatric Partners, we take care of your children right from when they are born until they reach adolescence. Our experienced medical professionals and disease treatment solutions ensure that you and your child will be in good hands. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.