Can I get swimmer’s ear from sweat?

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You can't get swimmer's ear from sweat. Swimmer's ear, or otitis externa, is inflammation of the outer ear and the ear canal. Sometimes, it can be secondary to dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), or caused by bacteria or fungal infections. Sweat contains enzymes called lysosomes, which are organelles designed to break down wastes and bacteria that can cause infection.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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