How Long Does it Take to Cure Swimmer's Ear?

Last Editorial Review: 10/16/2017

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How long does it take to cure swimmer's ear?

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Swimmer's ear is a local infection of the ear canal of the outer ear. Swimmer's ear is also known as otitis externa. Swimmer's ear is caused by infection of the ear canal from bacteria. Swimmer's ear typically resolves within two weeks in response to local ear drop medication. Infrequently, swimmer's ear can become complicated by extensive skin infection of the ear (cellulitis) or with the development of chronic outer ear infection (by an unusual bacteria or fungus, or allergic reaction to the antibiotic drops).

For more information, read our full medical article on swimmer's ear signs, symptoms, and treatment.

"External otitis: Treatment"