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You don’t have to be a competitive swimmer to catch swimmer’s ear. You can get this condition, which is an infection of the outer ear canal, from any number of circumstances. For instance, using a cotton swab to clean your ears or even just taking a shower could result in swimmer’s ear. Treating the infection is usually simple and just requires ear drops. But you want to catch it early so as to avoid discomfort. Symptoms include itching of the ear canal, redness, swelling and fluid drainage at first, which is then followed by more intense pain.