Otitis externa is an ear infection that causes problems of inflammation, irritation or infection of the outer part of the ear and the external auditory canal.
During the summer season it is very common. As a result patients of all ages to come to medical consultations with earaches, discomfort, hearing problems, all of them caused by ear infection.
Main causes of ear infections
Most of the time there is damage to the skin of the ear, so which allows the infectious process to occur. It can happen:
- Scratching the ear or inside the ear
- Allergic reaction to earplugs and others
- Trying to remove a stuck causing damage to the skin.
- Try to clean with cotton swabs or small objects that can damage the skin.
- Contaminated water causing local ear infection
- Dermatitis causing superinfections
As it is a very sensitive area, we recommend not allowing a long time to go to visit a doctor. This health problem can be very dangerous especially if the patient is immunocompromised.
Every summer hundreds of patients come to our consultations with ear infections. Certainly, high temperatures, swimming pools and beaches, are factors that are behind the vast majority of these infections, according to one of the doctors from the team of, The Doctor ´s Palmanova, in Magaluf on the island of Mallorca.
The treatment is not usually complex and the recovery time is short. When treatment is started at the beginning of the infection. On many occasions we have cases with complications and consequences that could have been avoided with a good diagnosis and treatment.