Swimmer's ear, also called otitis externa, is inflammation of the external ear canal that may happen when water gets into the ear and does not drain. The moisture left in the ear causes bacteria or fungi to grow in the ear canal, which leads to an infection.
Children typically develop swimmer’s ear after spending a lot of time in the water swimming. However, swimmer’s ear may also develop due to several other causes.
What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Swimmer’s Ear?
Drainage from the ear
Feeling of fullness in the ear
Itchiness inside the ear
Pain when chewing
Redness on outside of ear
Swelling around the ear canal
What are the causes of Pediatric Swimmer’s Ear?
The main cause of swimmer’s ear is when a child spends a lot of time in the water swimming. However, swimmer’s ear may also be caused by:
A scratch that causes a break in the skin of the ear canal