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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

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Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Swimmer's ear (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


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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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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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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