Symptoms of Otomycosis

The following features are indicative of Otomycosis:
  • greyish white thick debris in ear
  • heaviness in the ear
  • itching
  • severe pain
  • complete blockage of the ear canal
  • redness or swelling of the outer ear

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Common Causes of Otomycosis

The following are the most common causes of Otomycosis:
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Penicillium and Candida albicans fungus

Risk Factors for Otomycosis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Otomycosis:
  • swimming in water with elevated bacteria levels
  • narrow ear canal
  • aggressive cleaning of the ear canal with cotton swabs or other objects
  • use of certain devices, such as headphones or a hearing aid
  • skin allergies or irritation from jewelry, hair spray or hair dyes

Prevention of Otomycosis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Otomycosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • dry the ear thoroughly after it gets wet
  • avoid swimming in polluted water
  • protect the ear canal with cotton or lambswool while applying hairspray or hair dye

Occurrence of Otomycosis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Otomycosis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Otomycosis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Otomycosis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Otomycosis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Otomycosis:
  • Microscopy: To detect the presence of fungus inside the ear
  • Examination of the ear canal: To confirm the sign and symptoms of the disease
  • Visualization of the eardrum: To be sure that eardrum isn't torn or damaged

Doctor for Diagnosis of Otomycosis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Otomycosis:
  • ENT Specialist

Complications of Otomycosis if untreated

Yes, Otomycosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Otomycosis is left untreated:
  • serous otitis media
  • external auditory canal osteitis
  • tympanic membrane perforations

Procedures for Treatment of Otomycosis

The following procedures are used to treat Otomycosis:
  • Mastoidectomy: To remove the mastoid air cells and provides better hearing

Self-care for Otomycosis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Otomycosis:
  • keep the ears dry
  • use homemade preventive ear drops before and after swimming
  • avoid putting foreign objects in the ear
  • protect the ears from irritants
  • use caution after an ear infection or surgery

Patient Support for Treatment of Otomycosis

The following actions may help Otomycosis patients:
  • Join supporting research groups: Provides medical knowledge and care about the disease

Time for Treatment of Otomycosis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Otomycosis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Otomycosis.

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