Swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa, is a common condition caused by the infection or inflammation of the ear canal, often resulting from water exposure during activities like swimming. At NJ ENT, we understand the discomfort and inconvenience that swimmer’s ear can cause, and we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and effective treatment to ensure a swift return to comfort and optimal ear health.

What is Swimmer’s Ear?

Swimmer’s ear is an infection or inflammation of the ear canal—the tube that runs from the outer ear to the eardrum. This condition typically occurs when water, often from swimming or other water activities, becomes trapped in the ear canal, creating a moist environment conducive to bacterial or fungal growth. The excess moisture softens the skin lining the ear canal, making it more susceptible to infection.

Common symptoms of swimmer’s ear include ear pain or discomfort, redness and swelling of the ear canal, itching, drainage of clear fluid, and impaired hearing. The condition can range from mild to severe, and in more advanced cases, it may lead to pain when moving the head, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.

Swimmer’s Ear Treatment


Personalized Assessment

Our expert Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialists begin the treatment process with a thorough assessment of your symptoms and medical history. Understanding the specific factors contributing to your swimmer’s ear is crucial for tailoring a personalized treatment plan.

Medication for Swimmer’s Ear

For mild cases of swimmer’s ear, our specialists may prescribe eardrops containing antibiotics to combat the infection and anti-inflammatory agents to reduce swelling and discomfort. These medications are carefully selected to address the specific microbial causes and alleviate symptoms.

Ear Cleaning and Debridement

In cases where excessive earwax or debris contributes to the infection, our ENT specialists may perform gentle ear cleaning or debridement. This process helps remove obstructions, promoting effective medication penetration and accelerating the healing process

Pain Management

Swimmer’s ear can be accompanied by pain and discomfort. Our team addresses these symptoms with appropriate pain management strategies, ensuring your comfort throughout the treatment process.

Preventative Education

Beyond treatment, NJ ENT is committed to empowering patients with preventive education. Our specialists provide guidance on proper ear care, including tips for avoiding moisture accumulation, safe ear cleaning practices, and the use of earplugs in water environments.

How We Can Help

With years of experience in ear, nose, and throat care, our specialists blend medical expertise with compassionate care. We understand the unique challenges posed by swimmer’s ear and strive to create a supportive environment for our patients. If you suspect swimmer’s ear or experience symptoms such as ear pain, redness, itching, or drainage, prompt intervention is crucial. Delaying treatment can exacerbate the condition and lead to complications.

The NJ ENT team has performed thousands of procedures and has the experience to provide you with exceptional care. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. Our doctors are experts in their field specializing in ear, nose and throat disorders and the related procedures and surgeries.

Trust us to care for your ears- NJ ENT is a trusted leader for providing complete ear, nose, and throat care

Our highly rated physicians are experts in their field and offer a wide range of services to meet all of your ENT needs.


Reviews of Our ENT Services

After seeing my fifth ENT, Dr. Undavia is the first Doctor who actually listened to me. I had two CT scans that he actually took the time to look at as well as the written reports. He has a great bedside manner and I finally felt that I found the right doctor. I actually drove an hour and a half for my appointment yesterday, and it was well worth it. Today I received the text message first thing in the morning about setting up my surgery. I was texting with Regina who is also amazing and answered any question that I had. I was able to set up my surgery date with ease. Even down to the receptionist, who was super bubbly, and just had a great personality. The building an office itself was just good. Clean and friendly and welcoming. I trust that Dr. Undavia won’t disappoint when I have my surgery in December. Great experience!

Jennifer H

I traveled from Toms River, NJ to Marlton based on the excellent reviews for Dr. Reddy. Location, wait time, the office, his assistant and his attention to my issues exceeded my expectations. I didn’t feel rushed and he thoroughly explained everything regarding treatment options. I highly recommend him for all your ENT needs.

Crystal A

Dr Gregory Smith is a great doctor. He performed surgery on me 18 months ago and this follow up showed great results. I recommend him to anyone needed ENT help.

Martin M

I couldn’t be more thrilled with Dr. Undavia. When I first came to the office I had ruptured my ear drum. I was under another Doctor’s care and after 1 month I was no better and in so much pain. Dr. Undavia was recommended by a friend. After just 2 weeks my condition improved tremendously. I would highly recommend Dr. Undavia to anyone looking for an ENT. He is caring and kind and so is his nurse. Thank you Dr. Undavia

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