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    Waterlogged— swimmer’s ear can be painful, irritating

    Published on July 31, 2014 By Dawn Sanzotti, PA-C, MHS, ear, nose & throat/audiology, Mount Nittany Physician Group

    Whether you’re in the water for hours every day or simply take a dip during summer scorchers, you may find yourself with swimmer's ear. Swimmer’s ear, an infection called otitis externa, occurs when water remains in the outer ear canal, creating a moist environment that supports bacterial growth. The result can be painful and irritating. Typically the symptoms begin as mild, but they can easily progress if the infection is not treated. At the onset, you may notice itching in the ear, a slight redness, drainage of fluid, and increasing pain. Symptoms of advanced swimmer's...

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