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Otitis Externa – Could you have it?

Evidently, it’s not just the kids diving in this summer. Centra Care data shows an 88% increase overall this past week with adults suffering from Otitis Externa, sometimes called Swimmer’s Ear. The following areas of town had the biggest increases:

  • Azalea Park – up 600%
  • Winter Park – up 500%
  • Altamonte, Kissimmee & Mt. Dora – up 400%

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While Otitis Externa commonly occurs after swimming as a result of an infection that develops in trapped water that irritates the canal, Centra Care physicians explain that there are several other things that can cause the painful infection:

  • Allergies
  • Soaps & Shampoos
  • Cleaning the ear canal too harshly
  • Headphones
  • Sweating
  • Skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis

If you’ve had Swimmer’s Ear in the past, you’re more likely to get it again. And it is more common in warm, humid climates like ours.

Look for symptoms like itching, pain or even swelling. The pain usually increases when you chew or tug on your earlobe.

Placing a warm washcloth against your ear may help reduce pain. But you need to see a doctor if you suspect Otitis Externa. Antibiotic eardrops will usually be prescribed.