Swollen Ear Canal Overview
What is a swollen ear canal?
A person with a swollen ear canal has inflammation of the ear canal. The most common cause of a swollen ear canal is an infection, called otitis externa.
What are the symptoms of a swollen ear canal?
Symptoms that occur with a swollen ear canal include ear pain, ear discharge, and decreased hearing.
How does the doctor treat a swollen ear canal?
Treatment for a swollen ear canal depends on the cause. Treatment may include rinsing the ear canal, removal of ear wax, antibiotic drops, corticosteroid drops, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
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