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Health Tip: Triggers of Swimmer's Ear

When moisture is trapped inside

(HealthDay News) -- Swimmer's ear occurs when water becomes trapped inside. This can cause pain, inflammation and infection.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery says potential triggers include:

  • Spending time in a moist environment, such as swimming, bathing or showering.
  • Exposure to bacteria, as may be found in hot tubs or polluted water.
  • Buildup of hairspray or hair dye inside the ear.
  • Injuring skin inside the ear canal.
  • Development of conditions inside the ear canal, including eczema or seborrhea.
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