What is Otomycosis?

Otomycosis, also known as “Swimmer’s Ear”, is a fungal infection that affects the external ear canal. It is usually caused by the growth of fungi, such as Aspergillus, and is most common in hot and humid environments, where there is increased moisture around the ear.

Signs and Symptoms of Otomycosis

Signs and symptoms of otomycosis may include the following:

  • Pain and itching in the ear canal
  • A feeling of fullness in the affected ear
  • A distinct odor from the ear
  • Discharge from the affected ear
  • Redness or swelling of the ear canal
  • Mild hearing loss

Diagnosis of Otomycosis

A physical exam of the ear is usually done to diagnose otomycosis. A sample of the discharge may be taken and sent to a lab for testing.

Treatment For Otomycosis

Treatment for otomycosis typically involves the use of antifungal medications, either in the form of drops or ointments. Oral medications may be prescribed in more severe cases. It is important to finish the full course of medication as prescribed by the doctor.

Prevention of Otomycosis

It is important to take steps to prevent otomycosis. These steps include:

  • Keeping the ear dry (avoid swimming or water sports that can lead to water trapped in the ear)
  • Using a clean towel to dry the ears after swimming or bathing
  • Avoiding the use of cotton swabs in the ear canal.
  • Using a swim cap or earplugs while swimming or bathing.