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What are the symptoms associated with otitis externa?

What are the symptoms associated with otitis externa?

Otitis externa: Swimmer's ear. Very painful infection of the external ear canal with significant tenderness to touch/tug on ear cartilage. Canal will often close with swelling. Puss-like drainage is very common. Can be very concerning if untreated or in diabetics, with spread of bacteria to bone around the canal. ...Read more

Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Also known as otitis externa, this is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more


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What could cause bloody discharge with otitis externa?

What could cause bloody discharge with otitis externa?

Infection: Most often bleeding is a result of granulation tissue or extremely swollen tissue that readily bleeds if touched by fingers or qtips. The steroid component of ear drops helps with this. I assume you are seeing a doctor and are being treated... If not you need to! If there's a lot of bleeding, in the short term you could try a squirt of otc oxymetazoline which can shrink tiny bleeding vessels. ...Read more

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How can I treat my otitis externa without medicine? I only poor and don't have money to see doctor and buy medicines.

How can I treat my otitis externa without medicine? I only poor and don't have money to see doctor and buy medicines.

See below: -make sure water doesn't enter your ear
-do not scratch your ear; do not use q-tips in your ear.

I understand your situation. If you do no improve w/ this non-medical management, you will need to see a doc. I do not recommend any over the counter drops or home remedies as a doctor needs to examine your ear, ear canal, and eardrum.

A free clinic in your community should be able to treat you. ...Read more

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How should I treat an ear canal infection (otitis externa)?

See below: This type of ear infection is treated with prescription antibiotic ear drops. The otc swimmer's ear drops can help prevent swimmer's ear, but they are not effective treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for otitis externa?

What is the best treatment for otitis externa?

Ear drops: For uncomplicated otitis externa that's not severe, drops like cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) otic work fine. Severe cases may require different ear drops, and maybe oral antibiotics if it's really bad. To prevent, use drops that are a mix of 2 parts vinegar & 1 part rubbing alcohol- let them run in & right back out any time you get water in ears; don't use if already infected. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for acute otitis externa?

Antibiotic drops: As above, occasionally the debris must be cleared for drops to get deep into the troubled area. ...Read more

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How long to antibiotic eardrops take to cure otitis externa?

How long to antibiotic eardrops take to cure otitis externa?

Depends on situation: Oe usually responds within a few days to a week when the drops are properly used. Sometimes there is so much debris in the canal, the drops cannot get to the affected area & removal of the debris is needed. Sometimes a wick, a fabric that can hold the drops & bypass swelling & debris must be inserted. ...Read more

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What is the lay term for "otitis externa"?

What is the lay term for "otitis externa"?

Outer ear infection: I would call it an outer ear infection or an ear canal infection.

Also sometimes referred to as swimmers ear. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with otitis externa?

Otitis externa: Swimmer's ear. Very painful infection of the external ear canal with significant tenderness to touch/tug on ear cartilage. Canal will often close with swelling. Puss-like drainage is very common. Can be very concerning if untreated or in diabetics, with spread of bacteria to bone around the canal. ...Read more

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Otitis externa still not going away. What should I do?

Follow up: If you already have seen your doctor and were prescribed the right antibiotic ear drops, but it is not improving, you should go back to your doctor to get rechecked. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to deal with the pain of otitis externa?

Is there anything I can do to deal with the pain of otitis externa?

Pain meds?: Have you tried some oral pain meds, like tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen?

There are some ear drops that have anesthetic in them

there are also ear drops with steroids, which work as an antiflammatory to help reduce pain and swelling. ...Read more

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My child has otitis externa. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

My child has otitis externa. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

See an ENT: For more details, see my patient information sheet at http://www. Richmondent. Com/assets/downloads/ear-nose-throat/ears-hearing/swimmers-ear. Pdf. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a mild form of otitis externa; can I make a long flight? Thanks in advance for you precious advice.

See answer: While there are of course no guarantees, it's unlikely that a correctly diagnosed, mild form of otitis externa will cause any significant problems while flying especially if you are using appropriate antibiotic/ear drops to help clear and/or prevent worsening. Otitis media affecting the middle ear would be a different scenario and air travel could potentially lead to further or protracted problems ...Read more

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Can you fly with otitis externa?

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. ...Read more

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Who suffers from acute otitis externa?

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. ...Read more

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What could cause bloody discharge with otitis externa?

Infection: Most often bleeding is a result of granulation tissue or extremely swollen tissue that readily bleeds if touched by fingers or qtips. The steroid component of ear drops helps with this. I assume you are seeing a doctor and are being treated... If not you need to! If there's a lot of bleeding, in the short term you could try a squirt of otc oxymetazoline which can shrink tiny bleeding vessels. ...Read more

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Can I buy over-the-counter remedies for otitis externa?

Otitis externa: Hello, mix 2 parts white vinegar with 3 parts water and irrigate your ear 3x/day for 7-10 days. ...Read more

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My otitis externa healed but its like something is stuck inside I can feel it. And sometimes it's itchy.

My otitis externa healed but its like something is stuck inside I can feel it. And sometimes it's itchy.

Debris in ear canal: It may be that you still have debris or wax in your outer ear canal. See a doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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My otitis externa was healed but why im having mild headache at night when I lay down? Is this from my past otitis externa?

My otitis externa was healed but why im having mild headache at night when I lay down? Is this from my past otitis externa?

Other causes: Otitis externa should not be a cause of your headaches. It is possible you may have a mild sinus problem instead. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for otitis externa?

Ear drops: For uncomplicated otitis externa that's not severe, drops like cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) otic work fine. Severe cases may require different ear drops, and maybe oral antibiotics if it's really bad. To prevent, use drops that are a mix of 2 parts vinegar & 1 part rubbing alcohol- let them run in & right back out any time you get water in ears; don't use if already infected. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long to antibiotic eardrops take to cure otitis externa?

Depends on situation: Oe usually responds within a few days to a week when the drops are properly used. Sometimes there is so much debris in the canal, the drops cannot get to the affected area & removal of the debris is needed. Sometimes a wick, a fabric that can hold the drops & bypass swelling & debris must be inserted. ...Read more

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Can otitis externa go away on its own without treatment and if so what do I have to do for it until it goes away?

Can otitis externa go away on its own without treatment and if so what do I have to do for it until it goes away?

Otitis externa: Most cases of otitis externa need a combination of antibiotic, anti fungal and steroids ear drops which has to be prescribed by a doctor. Keeping ear dry is also advised. ...Read more

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What is otitis media vs otitis externa?

What is otitis media vs otitis externa?

MiddleEar&Ear Canal: Otitis Media is the infection in the middle ear behind the ear drum
Otitis Externa is infection in the ear canal leading to the ear drum ...Read more

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What are the treatments for acute otitis externa?

Antibiotic drops: As above, occasionally the debris must be cleared for drops to get deep into the troubled area. ...Read more

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What is difference between otitis externa and otitis media clinically?

Pain on touch: If the ear is painful to external touch, it is most likely otitis externa. Also the outside ear may be red and swollen ...Read more

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Otitis externa with severe jaw pain is this typical?

Otitis externa with severe jaw pain is this typical?

Yes: Yes, an ear infection can cause jaw pain. As the infection gets treated, the jaw pain should also resolve, if not consider being seen. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is otitis media and otitis externa?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is otitis media and otitis externa?

3 ear sections: Inner ear= the ear nerve
middle ear= the chamber with the ear bones between the ear drum and the ear nerve
outer ear= canal and outer ear structure
otitis media implys germs inside the ear drum in the middle chamber. Otitis externa implys germs or inflammation of the canal. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have severe jaw pain if you are suffering from otitis externa?

Is it normal to have severe jaw pain if you are suffering from otitis externa?

Yes: We often get patients who are having jaw pain that we refer to ENT because they have an ear infection. By the same token, we get patients referred from ent's to rule out tooth pain because they can't find anything wrong from their end. Perfectly normal in my opinion. ...Read more

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I am having Otitis Externa. Will it heal by itself? If not, can I rinse my ears by myself? Will it worsen if not treated?

I am having Otitis Externa. Will it heal by itself? If not, can I rinse my ears by myself? Will it worsen if not treated?

Possible: Can heal with self treatment. Keep ear dry except for 2% acetic acid solution drops (OTC) 3-4 times daily. DO NOT use Q-tips as these cause external otitis. If not improved, see ENT doc for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Using locacorten vioform drops fungal otitis externa. How long to lie on side? I've been lying for 20 mins but drips out when I straighten. Normal?!

Ear: You can tilt your head the other way and let the drops sit for between three and five minutes. Some of the drops always come out. Make sure you keep your ear dry when you shower ...Read more

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Getting into see the doc for the otitis externa. Biggest fear that if it is worse and they have to clean them or use a wic is any of this painful????

Getting into see the doc for the otitis externa. Biggest fear that if it is worse and they have to clean them or use a wic is any of this painful????

If careful, no: If done carefully, there should be no problems. Tell your clinician upfront about your concerns and they will be more aware and careful. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I read that otitis externa can cause facial nerve damage!!! Am paranoid! Should I be worried???

I read that otitis externa can cause facial nerve damage!!! Am paranoid! Should I be worried???

No.: For the vast majority of patients, otitis externa (aka swimmer's ear) will not cause any facial nerve damage. Elderly patients, patients w/ poorly controlled diabetes, and immunocompromised patients are more at risk to develop malignant otitis externa. Left untreated, it has the potential to invade the bone around the ear and cause facial nerve damage. This is a rare condition. ...Read more

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How can I treat my otitis externa without medicine? I only poor and don't have money to see doctor and buy medicines.

See below: -make sure water doesn't enter your ear
-do not scratch your ear; do not use q-tips in your ear.

I understand your situation. If you do no improve w/ this non-medical management, you will need to see a doc. I do not recommend any over the counter drops or home remedies as a doctor needs to examine your ear, ear canal, and eardrum.

A free clinic in your community should be able to treat you. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Ear Canal Infection (Definition)

Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more