Health Tip: Treating Swimmer's Ear
(HealthDay News) -- Swimmer's ear, medically called otitis externa, is an infection that occurs when fluid gets trapped inside the ear. It is a painful condition that requires a doctor's treatment.
The Nemours Foundation mentions these treatment guidelines for swimmer's ear:
Administer as directed any prescription antibiotics and steroid drops prescribed by your doctor.
If the ear is swollen or packed with debris or pus, expect the doctor to gently clean out the ear.
Offer over-the-counter pain relief medication to a child; your doctor may recommend prescription pain medication if pain is severe.
Ease discomfort by placing a warm washcloth or heating pad against the ear.
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