• 2 months ago

    Do I really have an ear infection?

    So the past few days I've been in pain because of my ear. The first day I just noticed that my ear was sore when it started hurting and didn't think much of it. I thought maybe I slept on it wrong. And then the next day my ear gradually started hurting more and was swelling and the opening to my ear was almost swollen shut and by the end of the day I was in a lot of pain and was up most of the night because of it. So I decided to go to the doctor and he took a look in my ear and agreed that it was swollen and he said he couldn't see my eardrum because there was puss in front of it. He diagnosed me with Otis externa (swimmer's ear) and prescribed me some ear drops (neomycin-polymyxin) and I've been taking them as prescribed for a little less than 24 hrs but I haven't noticed my ear feeling any better. I was up most of the night again last night because the pain was so bad. And this morning when I woke up my ear was like completely swollen shut and the outside of my ear looked like it had some dried yellow puss on it? I don't know if I really have an ear infection because I wouldn't think I would be in this much pain. I called the doctor I saw yesterday to see if he could refer me to an ear doctor so I could see what his diagnosis would be. If anyone has any opinions that would be really helpful thank you.