Outer Ear Infection

Outer Ear Infection

An outer ear infection is an infection of the outer opening of the ear and the ear canal, which connects the outside of the ear to the eardrum. This type of infection is medically known as otitis externa. One common type of otitis externa is referred to as “swimmer’s ear.”

This outer ear infection often results from exposure to moisture. It’s common in children, teens, and adults who spend a lot of time swimming. Swimmer’s ear results in nearly 2.4 millionTrusted Source healthcare visits annually in the United States.