Swimmer’s Ear Antibiotics Can Prolong Recovery

Swimmers ear is a common problem, especially in the summer months.

Recent guidelines stress not to use oral antibiotics to treat the painful condition.

Swimmer’s ear is a painful infection of the ear canal. Besides swimming people can get it through any scratch to the ear that can let bacteria in.

Up to 40 percent of swimmer’s ear infections are treated with oral antibiotics, but new guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology advise against the pills.

Dr. Richard Rosenfeld from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center said, “It’s a bad idea. It has side effects, it causes resistance and it delays recovery.”

About half of swimmer’s ear infections are among children 15 and younger.