What is Otitis Externa?
Otitis externa, also called External otitis or Swimmer’s ear, is an infection of the exterior ear canal caused by viral, fungal or bacterial infection. This infection can cause skin of the ear canal to swell and may be tender and painful when touched.
Common causes of otitis externa includes:
- swimming in water that is polluted
- water being trapped within the ear canal during a shower
- bone growth causing the ear canal to become constricted and trapping debris
- usage of cotton swabs, ear plug, hearing aid or some small objects and causing breaks in the skin
- a pimple starting to develop in the ear
- a fungal infection
In fact those suffering from certain chronic conditions such as asthma, eczema or allergic rhinitis runs a higher risk of getting otitis externa.
More people are now resorting towards natural healing homeopathic remedies as a safer and gentler alternative treatment compared to the conventional antibiotic treatment.
Symptoms: Earache and rashes at the affected area
Homeopathic medicine: Refer to homeopathic remedies for earache, ear pain and otalgia
Symptoms: Discharge of pus
Homeopathic medicine: Refer to homeopathic remedies for ear discharge or otorrhea