In this video, Dr. Hartman discusses the anatomy of the ear as well as what causes a Swimmer’s Ear. Some key points include:
1) Swimmer’s Ear is generally treated with prescription antibiotic ear drops and does not need oral antibiotics. Often we can do this over the phone without a visit.
2) Children with fever or difficulty opening their mouths may have more severe infections and should be seen in the office.
3) Children who have recurrent Swimmer’s Ear may be able to prevent it by administering a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and white vinegar (1 teaspoon of each) to the ear twice daily during periods of frequent swimming.
For more information, view our Swimmer’s Ear (Otitis Externa) Handout