Swimmer's ear is an inflammation or infection of the skin lining the outer ear canal. It is caused by conditions that cause moisture to be trapped in the ear canal such as swimming, tropical weather or a build-up of wax in the ear.
The symptoms of swimmer's ear are pain, tenderness, and smelly discharge. Hearing may also be affected. There may be redness and swelling of the skin of the external ear canal. If you swim frequently, swimmer's ear may easily recur so prevention is very important.
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