Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear) | Symptoms


What does swimmer's ear feel like?

Symptoms of swimmer's ear include:

  • Pain or itching in the outer part of the ear (the pain is often worse when the ear moves, such as when you are chewing)
  • A stuffy or plugged-up feeling in the affected ear
  • Fluid draining from the affected ear
  • Decreased or muffled hearing

If left untreated, the affected ear can become swollen and very painful to the touch. The fluid may become more pus-like and the muffled of decreased hearing may become worse.


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Reviewed/Updated: 05/16
Created: 01/99