Otitis (ear infection)

Definition:

External otitis  is an inflammation and infection of an ear structure located between the auricle (visible part of the ear) and the eardrum. They are often located at the auditory canal which is caused by bacteria or in rare cases, fungi from the external environment that multiply in a humid environment.

Frequent signs and symptoms of external otitis:

  • itchiness leading to scratching
  • fever
  • headache
  • nasal congestion
  • lost of balance
  • redness
  • swelling
  • foul odor
  • significant pain with rapid onset
  • combination of a decrease or loss of hearing in the ear flow

For more information, visit our blog and consult the article (French only) : L’otite externe (Aussi connue sous le nom de « otite du baigneur »)

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