Frequent question: How can you tell the difference between an ear infection and swimmer’s ear?

How do you know if you have swimmer’s ear?

What are the symptoms of swimmer’s ear?

  1. Redness of the outer ear.
  2. An itch in the ear.
  3. Pain, often when touching or wiggling your earlobe.
  4. Pus draining from your ear. …
  5. Swollen glands in your neck.
  6. Swollen ear canal.
  7. Muffled hearing or hearing loss.
  8. A full or plugged-up feeling in the ear.

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.

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.
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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.

Do ear infections hurt to the touch?

Outer ear infections are often very painful– especially when you touch or tug on your earlobe. Itching is common too. The skin in the ear canal is red and swollen, and sometimes also sheds skin flakes or oozes a liquid. The ear might then become blocked, making it difficult to hear properly.