Swimmer’s Ear

What is swimmer’s ear and what causes it?

Swimmer’s ear or otitis externa, is typically a bacterial infection in the ear canal.  Otitis externa is most commonly caused by water getting trapped in the ear canal.  It can also result from injury to the skin in the ear canal from aggressive “cleaning” with a Q-tips, bobby pins or other such items.  This type of infection can occur rather suddenly and can become very painful.