Ear Infections

Otitis Externa

Otitis externa is a condition that causes inflammation (redness and swelling) of the external ear canal, which is the tube between the entrance to the ear canal and eardrum.

Symptoms of otitis externa include:

  • Earache
  • Itchiness and swelling in the ear canal
  • Discharge from the Ear Canal
  • Temporary Hearing Loss

With treatment, these symptoms should clear up within a few days. However, some cases can persist for several months or longer.

What causes otitis externa?

Most cases of otitis externa are caused by a bacterial infection, although the condition can also be caused by:

  • Irritation
  • Fungal infections
  • Allergies

There are a number of things that can make you more likely to develop otitis externa, including:

  • Regularly getting water in your ear
  • Insertion of Hearing Aids

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