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Otitis externa is an inflammation or infection of the ear canal (the passage leading from the external ear to the eardrum) that may develop when water, sand, dirt, or other debris gets into the ear canal.
Symptoms of otitis externa (also called swimmer's ear) are pain in and discharge from the ear.
Other causes of inflammation or infection of the ear canal include:
Treatment for otitis externa may include nonprescription pain relievers and antibiotic ear drops (with or without steroids).
Current as of: July 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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