How do you tell if you have swimmer’s ear or an ear infection?

Does swimmer’s ear hurt more than an ear infection?

Severe pain (often disrupting sleep), drainage/discharge, and difficulty hearing are all common symptoms for both infections. Swimmer’s ear tends to be less medically serious, but often more painful.

How do you rule out an ear infection?

Your doctor can usually diagnose an ear infection or another condition based on the symptoms you describe and an exam. The doctor will likely use a lighted instrument (an otoscope) to look at the ears, throat and nasal passage. He or she will also likely listen to your child breathe with a stethoscope.

Will swimmer’s ear infection go away by itself?

Will it go away by itself? In mild cases, swimmer’s ear can resolve on its own. But because of the discomfort, most patients will seek care as the treatments are very effective at decreasing the symptoms.

What’s the best way to get rid of swimmer’s ear?

Here’s how to get rid of swimmer’s ear:

  1. Tilt the head to the side to drain the ear after being in water.
  2. Keep the ear dry by protecting it from water.
  3. Dry the ear gently with a hairdryer.
  4. Use over-the-counter eardrops made for swimmer’s ear.
  5. Ease ear pain by carefully using a heating pad or taking pain medicine.
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How does Swimmer’s ear feel?

Symptoms can include itching, pain, and a feeling of fullness in the ear. Your ear canal may be swollen. You may have moderate to severe pain, drainage, or hearing loss. Unlike a middle ear infection (acute otitis media), the pain is worse when you chew, press on the “tag” in front of the ear, or wiggle your earlobe.

How do you know if you have an inner ear infection?

Symptoms of Inner Ear Infection

  1. Vertigo, a sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving around even when everything is still.
  2. Having trouble balancing or walking normally.
  3. Dizziness.
  4. Nausea or vomiting.
  5. Problems with your hearing.
  6. Feeling like the ear is full or blocked.
  7. Tinnitus or ringing in your ears.

Does swimmer’s ear need antibiotics?

Symptoms can range from mild itching to severe pain and blocked ear canals. Thankfully, swimmer’s ear is usually successfully treated with ear drops and/or oral antibiotics.