Common Medical Conditions

Otomycosis/ Ear Fungus

Written by
Dr. Vaishali Mehta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Sep 04, 2014 and last reviewed on May 09, 2019   -  1 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Fungal infection of the ear called Otomycosis is a common condition that affecting the ear

Otomycosis/ Ear Fungus

Ear Fungus

Ear fungus is caused by the fungus Aspergillus/ Candida. This condition is called Otomycosis. More commonly it is seen in tropical countries and hot and humid environment.

The person with ear fungus will commonly present with a Ear Blockage, Ear Pain, Itching of the Ear and a Watery ear discharge.

Treatment

- To treat this condition you need a thorough cleaning of the ears under a specialized microscope by an ENT Specialist.

- After cleaning you will be prescribed antifungal ear drops to prevent the fungus from growing back.

- You may require repeated ear cleaning weekly for 2-3 weeks.

- You will also be advised to keep your ear dry and take precautions so that water doesn't reach your ear.

If you have any questions on Ear Fungus, consult an ENT specialist online

Frequently Asked Questions


1.

How to treat Otomycosis at home?

Always consult your doctor before trying home remedies. The following are some home remedies:
To remove wax buildup, diluted hydrogen peroxide can be used.
Eardrops containing carbamide peroxide can clear wax deposits.
1:1 ratio of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol can be used as eardrops after swimming.
Use dry heat to remove moisture from ears.

2.

Is fungal ear infection contagious?

As such, a fungal ear infection is not contagious. But, the fungus that causes ear infection can spread from person-to-person while swimming in infected water.

3.

Can fungal ear infection spread to the brain?

Some fungal ear infection can spread to the brain. The fungus can reach the cerebrospinal fluid through the spine or base of the skull and cause brain abscess.

4.

How do you treat a fungal ear infection?

The doctor will clean the ear with suction and water to get rid of ear debris and buildup. The ear is then dried and antifungal eardrops are used. Eardrops containing aluminum acetate, salicylic acid, and hydrogen peroxide might also be used.

5.

Will a fungal ear infection go away on its own?

Fungal infection of the outer ear might go away on its own, but if the infection is severe, it is best to consult a doctor and get antifungal eardrops.

6.

Does hydrogen peroxide kill fungus?

Diluted hydrogen peroxide is used to treat fungal ear infection, but use it only after consulting a doctor. Hydrogen peroxide is said to clear the ear of buildup and affect the ear fungus.

7.

How long does a fungal infection last?

A fungal ear infection will last approximately three weeks, so you will be prescribed antifungals for three weeks.

8.

What can naturally kill fungus?

Fungal infection of the ear can be treated naturally by diluted hydrogen peroxide, eardrops containing carbamide peroxide, 1:1 ratio of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol, and using dry heat to remove moisture from ears.

9.

How to prevent fungal ear infection?

Follow the following tips to prevent fungal ear infection:
Dry your ears properly after swimming.
Use earplugs while swimming.
Carefully dry your ears after swimming.
Do not scratch your ears.
Avoid using Q-tips to clean your ears.

Last reviewed at:
09 May 2019  -  1 min read

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