I need treatment for swimmers' ear, what should I do?
If you need treatment for swimmer's ear you need to visit your doctor who will probably prescribe some ear drops . These may contain an antibiotic such as gentamicin and a fungus killer such as acetic acid. They may also contain a steroid such as hydrocortisone. If left untreated otitis externa can progress to otitis media. Swelling in the middle ear prevents drainage of fluid via the Eustachian tube into the nose. The fluid builds up behind the eardrum and becomes infected. Children are particularly prone to this because their tubes are narrow. This means they are prone to blocking with inflammation and mucus. This is known as Eustachian Tube Dysfunction which may be helped with a steroid nasal spray.
The raised pressure in the ear causes pain and can cause the eardrum to rupture. This causes severe pain but then leads to relief by releasing the pressure. This results in a discharge of pus. If the problem is progressing you may need treatment for swimmer's ear. Untreated infection may progress resulting in permanent hearing damage, bone infection. Rarely even meningitis may occur if the infection spreads into the brain. If you have an ear infection visit your doctor. They may give you antibiotic drops and/or oral antibiotics.
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