Otitis externa is a common pathology in summer, associated with inflammation and infection of the canal, which is the tube between the outer ear and eardrum.

It is usually caused by either bacteria or fungi, this can be due to the increase in water activities, particularly swimming, hence it’s other name.

Heat with moisture contributes to the proliferation of germs.

Intense ear pain that worsens when touched, ear pain, which can be severe, itchiness in the ear canal, a discharge of liquid or pus from the ear and some degree of temporary hearing loss, are the main symptoms.

In these cases, medical treatment can provide significant relief. This can range from antibiotics, to anti-fungal/astringent drops, to microsuction to clear the debris.

We remind you that the use of cotton swabs is also not recommended and, when you frequently use headphones, you should clean them properly as they can help increase the risk of otitis externa.

Check with your GP at Oval Medical Centre if you have any concerns regarding your ear.

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