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Diagnosing Swimmer's Ear

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OPENPediatrics Staff

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One method of diagnosing swimmer's ear, and distinguishing it from a middle ear infection, is to tug on the outer ear, or pinna, or push on the tragus.  Both of these will cause the child pain in the case of swimmer's ear, but will not hurt in the case of a middle ear infection.  Little or no drainage from the ear will be observed.

Last reviewed: April 18, 2017. 

Topics: Otorhinolaryngology General Pediatrics

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