Is swimmer's ear related to bacterial ear infections?

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Swimmer's ear is a type of ear infection that affects the outer ear (called the ear canal) and can be caused by bacteria or by other infectious agents like viruses or fungi. It is often called swimmer's ear because the condition strikes when the ear canal stays too moist, which can easily occur if you are a frequent swimmer. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. This kind of infection of the ear canal can also happen if you get a cut in that region and bacteria enters. Like a bacterial infection of the middle ear, bacterial swimmer's ear is often treated with antibiotics.


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