I’ve seen a fair number of cases of swimmer’s ear in the last few weeks. We tend to see more cases of this in hot, humid weather, but it can also be brought on by other conditions.
The medical term for swimmer’s ear is otitis externa, indicating inflammation of the external ear. This is in contrast to the more common otitis media, or inflammation of the middle ear (the part of the ear behind the ear drum).
The number of people who suffer from swimmer’s ear is about four per 1,000 per year, or about three to five percent of the population. It afflicts males and females in equal numbers and tends to present between seven and twelve years of age.