CAUSES FOR EXTERNAL EAR INFLAMMATION
- Water escape into the ear.
- Clearance of the external ear with cotton swabs or similar objects.
- Exposure to bathtub water or pool water including bacteria.
- Middle ear infection, upper respiratory tract infections
- Exposure of the external ear tract to hair dye and hair spray.
- Eczema or seboreic dermatitis on the external ear tract.
SYMPTOMS OF EXTERNAL EAR INFLAMMATION
- Sense of fullness in the ear,
- Hearing loss,
- Swelling or complete obstruction in the external ear tract,
- A white-yellow discharge,
- Severe ear pain,
- Pain increasing with chin movements and reflecting to the face, neck and temporal area
- Sentimentalization on the cartilage against touch,
- Appearance of painful lymph glands on the cervical area on the sick ear side.
TREATMENT OF EXTERNAL EAR INFLAMMATION
In the first stage of treatment, discharge in the ear canal should be cleared. This procedure may be a little painful; however, it facilitates the medications to act. Antibiotic ear drops and antimycotics to eliminate the fungi may be used.
If the ear canal is swollen much, a suppository-like sponge may be placed into the external ear canal to provide application of the drops. If the pain is severe, analgesic agents may be used. Warm application may reduce the pain.