Swimmer’s ear is an ear infection that’s brought on when water is trapped in the ear canal. This can cause bacteria to grow. It’s called swimmer’s ear because water often gets trapped in the ear when you go swimming. But you can also get swimmer’s ear from a shower or bath, or even if you’re somewhere hot and humid.
When you have swimmer’s ear, your ear canal and your ear might feel itchy or hot.
If you’re feeling severe pain, or there is a discharge or pus coming from your ear, you need to see a healthcare professional in person.
You can take ibuprofen or paracetamol to help with the pain.
Page last reviewed by: Dr. Christina Hennessey 21/06/2021