Chronic Otitis Externa
Alternate Names : Chronic Outer Ear Inflammation
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Avoidance of trauma to the ear canal will prevent many cases.
Many doctors discourage the use of Q-tips and most other objects to
clean the ear canal. Keeping the ear canal dry and free of wax will
help prevent some cases. A simple eardrop solution can work well
to keep the ear canal dry. Avoidance of neomycin-containing drugs
may prevent some cases as well.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Most cases do not cause any long-term effects. But where they
do, the main long-term effect would be continued thickening
of the skin of the ear canal to the point where the ear canal is
blocked and hearing loss occurs.
What are the risks to others?
There are no risks to others.