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A 39-year-old female asked:

can you fly with otitis externa?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
See below: You may be okay as long as you don't have inner ear (otitis media) involvement with the otitis externa or fluid behind your tympanic membrane. If you do that would be very painful on the flight.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Usually you can: Otitis externa only involves the outer ear, and this part of the ear is not sensitive to pressure changes. If the infection involves the ear drum as well or behind the ear drum (with fluid or negative pressure present- your doctor or ENT could tell you), then flying can be painful. I would get checked before the flight to be sure what is going on.
Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Probably: Depends on severity. Need to check with your treating physician.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my otitis externa?

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Vinegar: For mild cases, white vinegar can help. It can also be used after swimming ( a couple of drops) to prevent swimmers ear. But the ear drum needs to be intact (without a hole) before one can use it..Otherwise it will burn.
A 41-year-old member asked:

My husband's grandparent might have otitis externa. What is it?

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Dr. Sharon Bass
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Swimmer's ear: Sometimes a small drop of water can get trapped behind a small piece of wax in the ear canal, either from swimming or bathing. Then, because it is a warm place, bacteria or fungus can grow causing pain and swelling, which can be severe. Ear drops and sometimes oral antibiotics and steroids are used to treat this condition.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
How old is his grandparent and do they have diabetes? Malignant otitis externa caused by Pseudomonas or other bacteria may produce a life-threatening situation.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Who suffers from acute otitis externa?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Anybody: Anybody can. People who get water in their ear repeatedly are at slightly higher risk of oe which is why it is sometimes called swimmer's ear.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the lay term for "otitis externa"?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Swimmer's ear: "itis" means inflammation. "oto" or something like that means ear. So otitis means inflammation of ear. Externa just refers to outer part of ear (canal & visible portion) which is inflammed. Otitis media is the more common middle ear infection (other side of drum) in kids. Otitis externa is more common in swimmers (surfers, too) who can't/don't dry their ears completely.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms associated with otitis externa?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Pain: These patients have ear pain that is worse when they pull on there ear or press near the ear canal.

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