(HealthDay News) -- Swimmer's ear occurs when water becomes trapped inside. This can cause pain, inflammation and infection.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery says potential triggers include:
- Spending time in a moist environment, such as swimming, bathing or showering.
- Exposure to bacteria, as may be found in hot tubs or polluted water.
- Buildup of hairspray or hair dye inside the ear.
- Injuring skin inside the ear canal.
- Development of conditions inside the ear canal, including eczema or seborrhea.
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