Signs of Infection:

In addition to pain and/or itching, there may also be drainage of fluid from the ear, and decreased hearing since the ear is full of infected material. In severe conditions, there may be some redness of the outside part of the ear or the surrounding face.


Most cases of swimmer's ear can be treated with antibiotic ear drops, such as POLYSPORIN® Plus Pain Relief Ear Drops.

Instill one to two drops, four times a day, for 5 to 7 days. You should avoid getting water in the ear until the treatment is complete. Before use, read package insert for more complete information on dosing and cautions.

Consult a doctor before treating children less than 6 years of age for ear infections.

Swimmer’s Ear Prevention Tips:

  • If prone to swimmer's ear, wear plugs while swimming or showering.
  • Use acidifying drops in the ears a couple of times a week to help discourage the growth of bacteria in the ear canal by maintaining its acidic environment.