Otitis externa is an inflammation of the skin of the ear canal. The infection may be due to viruses, bacteria, fungi or even to an allergy affecting the skin of the ear. It is common in swimmers. The usual complaints are pain, itchiness, discharge from the ear and occasionally, diminished hearing.
The doctor will examine and clean up the ear. For mild cases of infection, you’ll be given ear drops. If the infection is more severe, an ear wick with ointment will be inserted into your ear. Antibiotics may be prescribed...