What is Swimmer’s Ear?
Swimmer’s Ear, medically known as acute otitis externa, is an infection of the outer ear canal often caused by trapped water. Unlike Surfer’s Ear, which is characterized by bone growth, Swimmer’s Ear is an inflammatory condition usually triggered by bacteria or fungi.
The infection typically occurs when water remains in the ear canal for extended periods, creating a moist environment conducive to bacterial growth. This condition is common among swimmers, divers, and other water sports enthusiasts who frequently expose their ears to water.
The severity of Swimmer’s Ear can range from mild irritation to acute pain and can be influenced by factors such as water quality and frequency of exposure.