Symptoms of Otitis Externa

Symptoms of otitis externa (swimmer’s ear) may be mild at first, but pain and inflammation will increase unless the infection is treated.

Early symptoms include:

  • Redness in the ear canal
  • Discomfort when pressing on the outer ear
  • Itching
  • Drainage of clear fluid

As the infection progresses, you may notice:

  • Increased pain
  • Redness and swelling of the ear canal and outer ear
  • Drainage of yellow or yellow-green pus
  • Feeling of ears being plugged
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck