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Otitis Externa Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • If you think you have otitis externa (swimmer’s ear), see a healthcare provider to get treated.
  • A primary care provider or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor will likely treat it with antibiotics or other medications.

Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe and worsening ear pain that is more painful at night or when chewing
  • Ear drainage that is yellow or green, contains pus, and smells bad
  • Pain when you touch the area behind your ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Facial weakness

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