The doctor may help remove the liquid from a swollen ear, in which case regular application of ear drops is impossible as you have to open the swollen ear canal with a sponge or wick. The doctor will examine your ear and will check whether there is any redness, swelling or unusual drainage from the ear – all being symptoms of an infection.
If the doctor diagnoses an ear infection, you might get some topical antibiotics prescribed and if it turns out the infection has spread beyond the ear, you might have to take some oral antibiotics too.
Normally the problems go away within seven days if you follow the doctor’s advice. Remember that regardless of how petty the problem might seem, it can cause some serious damage if not treated properly on time.
If you neglect ‘swimmer’s ear’, you risk hearing loss, recurring ear infections and in some more serious cases – even bone and cartilage damage.