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

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Dr. Sharon Bass
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Martin Raff
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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