See a doctor in person if…
You’re unable to get the ear drops into your ear, develop pain in the back of your head, worsening ear pain despite treatment, persistent fevers, or sudden hearing loss
Check-in with K Health if…
You’re not feeling better within 3-4 days, come back and we will re-evaluate your treatment plan
What is an outer ear infection?
An outer ear infection, also known as swimmer’s ear, is often caused by water that stays in your ears after swimming. The moist area promotes bacterial growth. You can also get swimmer’s ear by putting cotton swabs, fingers, or other objects in your ear. Outer ear infections are less commonly caused by a virus.
- Experiencing pain or fever? Take 400mg of ibuprofen or 650mg of acetaminophen every 6 hours with food, as needed
- Protect your ear from moisture by gently wiping the outer part of the ear dry with a soft cloth towel after showering or swimming
- Do not put anything in your ear except the ear drops I’ve recommended.