Chronic Otitis Externa
Alternate Names : Chronic Outer Ear Inflammation
Chronic otitis externa is a persistent inflammation of the
What is going on in the body?
Chronic otitis externa occurs when there is persistent trauma
to or inflammation of the ear canal. This can occur for different reasons,
such as infection. This persistent inflammation can lead to symptoms.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Repeated trauma to the ear canal in the form of Q-tips,
bobby pins, or other objects can alter the healthy skin replacement
pattern of the ear canal. Fungal or bacterial infections on the surface
of the ear canal skin can also be a cause. With fungal infections, the
skin of the ear canal becomes quite thick, and when peeled off, there is
significant redness of the underlying skin. In certain situations mold
may form on the skin of the ear canal.
Use of some antibiotic
eardrops that contain neomycin,
can cause a chronic inflammation that can be similar to
Therefore, these medicines need to be used with some caution.
Excessive dryness of the ear canal can also be a factor.