Otitis Externa Treatment Overview
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.
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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