Otitis Externa

Otitis externa is an outer ear infection. The infection occurs in the outer opening of the ear and the ear canal that connects the outside of the ear to the eardrum. This ear infection is otherwise known as the swimmer's ear. As the name suggests, swimmers are more prone to develop this infection.

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What are the causes of a swollen ear?

Query: Hi doctor,I am an 18-year-old female who is 5'4" tall. I am experiencing a swollen ear that hurts a lot. The pain is extreme when I try to pop it or apply Hydrogen Peroxide solution. I have had the same issue previously, for which I did not take any medication. I am concerned if it is a swimmer's ea...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and can understand your concern. I suspect you have otitis externa, an infection of the ear canal commonly called the swimmer's ear. The ear is a sensitive organ, so please do not apply Hydrogen Peroxide, as it might affect your hearing. I su...  Read Full »

Even after undergoing eardrum repair surgery, my left ear got infected again. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had myringoplasty done four years ago on my left ear. The surgeon, at the time, has advised me, the procedure will be done through the ear canal to repair the perforated eardrum. Three weeks after the surgery, I returned to my ENT specialist to get it checked, and upon inspection, he...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As your ear was healing well after the surgery, this indicates that there was no fault in the procedure. But unfortunately, you have again developed the foul-smelling discharge. The possibilities are: Otitis externa. Recurrence of otitis m...  Read Full »

Can an earbud cause damage to my ears?

Query: Hi doctor, I have intense pain in my left ear for last two days. The pain started after using an earbud. I could sense pain in the lymph nodes behind my left ear and left jaw. I took tablet Dolo for pain. I do not have diabetes. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a common entity that we daily encounter. There are two possibilities in your case; 1) Recurrent fungal infection called otomycosis. 2) Recurrent infection of the hair follicle in the outer ear known ...  Read Full »

I have a soft and painless red bump inside my ear. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a red bump inside my ear. The bump is soft and does not hurt. What is it? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your pictures are not clear to differentiate it between a blister in the external auditory and ear wax (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Try to confirm it by yourself by gently palpating the bump with the ear bud. If it is a blisters,...  Read Full »

How to stop my ear pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old female, suffering from ear pain. The doctor confirmed that it is due to some virus and there is a small hole in my ear. Some tablets and Otobiotic drops were given. Still, it did not cure my pain. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome in icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are probably suffering from CSOM (chronic suppurative otitis media) with otitis externa. My advice is to consult your ENT doctor for thorough examination of the ear and necessary investigations to know the real pathology for planing fina...  Read Full »

How to use ear drops effectively to get rid of swimmer's ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had swimmer's ear for about five days now. And I started taking an anti-inflammatory ear drop with a pain killer. On the second day, I felt my ear got a little swollen, and the ear way was blocked. I could not hear anything, and by the third day, I went to the pharmacy, and h...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common entity that we daily come across. There are two possibilities in your case: recurrent fungal infection called otomycosis and recurrent infection of the hair follicle in the...  Read Full »

I suffer from ear pain after I tried to remove ear wax. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from ear pain for the last two days and it has become really serious now. The entire right side of my face has gone numb and I am not able to hear properly in my right ear. I can listen to some hissing sound. I remember cleaning my ear with my fingers and tried to...  Read Full »


Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your symptoms and history of ear cleaning, it is suggestive of otitis externa with ear wax. Do not worry too much. It is a soft tissue infection of your ear canal most probably due to finger nail trauma. You need to take some medication and precautions and it ...  Read Full »

Why do I have ear pain for months with drainage down the throat and fever?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a deep ear pain on and off for months with a feeling of drainage going down my throat. Before few years, I had a eustachian tube dysfunction with pain, pressure, and hearing loss. I have them on and off for the past few years. Right now, I have a low-grade fever for the past six...  Read Full »


Dr. Bruce Eric Hudkins

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have a low-grade otitis externa. You can take Clotrimazole 1% drops. Use it twice a day for seven days. If you are unable to pop your ears, then you do not have a eustachian tube dysfunction. But if you are able to pop your ears, then you can start using...  Read Full »

What could be the problem, and how might I resolve ear pain?

Query: Hi, I have ETD in my left ear. I used Debrox and the water syringe to clean the wax because my ears felt clogged. Within a few hours, I developed excruciating ear pain in my left ear. I immediately went to the urgent care to see if I had an infection, and they said I do not have any infection. They...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your history, you might be having otitis externa as you give the history of ear manipulation, or it can also be an early stage of acute otitis media. To confirm otitis externa, you can press your tragus. If it is painful, then the most likely diagnosis is ...  Read Full »

Can cotton buds result in severe ear pain?

Query: Hi doctor,My husband was cleaning his ears with cotton buds before four days. I think that he has hit something inside the ears and after that, he started to have pain. After a while, he was normal. But today, he has pain there and took Mefenamic acid to reduce the pain. He does not have a fever. Bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per history, it seems that your husband is suffering from otitis externa. It occurs due to inflammation of the external auditory canal (EAC). It occurs due to trauma. You can confirm it by pressing the tragus and you can feel the pain. Your husband can take table...  Read Full »

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