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Swimmer's ear - chronic

  • Alternative Names

    Ear infection - outer ear - chronic; Otitis externa - chronic

    • Ear pain -- may get worse if you pull on the outside of the ear
    • Hearing loss
    • Itching of the ear or ear canal
    • Persistent drainage from the ear -- yellow, yellow-green, pus, or foul smelling

    Signs and tests

    During the examination, the health care provider may find:

    • The ear and ear canal look red and swollen
    • The ear canal may have scaly shedding of skin
    • Touching or moving the outer ear increases the pain
    • It may be difficult for the health care provider to see the eardrum with an instrument called an otoscope
    • The eardrum may look red
    • The outermost part of the ear (the tragus) may be infected, and look red and swollen