Last Updated: 2013-08-01
Infection of the skin and subdermis of the external auditory canal.
Most commonly caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus species.
Presents with rapid onset of ear pain, tenderness, itching, aural fullness, and hearing loss.
The development of malignant or necrotizing otitis externa is more common in diabetic and immunocompromised people.
Treatment of the uncomplicated form is cleaning of the ear canal and application of topical anti-infective agents.
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