Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the outer ear canal. It is often caused by water remaining in the ear after swimming, creating a moist environment for bacteria to grow. Symptoms include redness of the outer ear along with pain and a warm sensation. Other symptoms are light hearing loss, itching, redness, and/or tenderness. If you have swimmer’s ear make sure that you clean your ears well and keep them dry. Other treatments include antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic, local anesthetics, and steroids.  If you have any questions, please always refer to your pediatrician first and foremost!