If you’ve started to have ear pain after time spent in Victory Park, consider contacting your hearing specialist.
Otomycosis can affect one or both ears and occurs in the ear canal. It commonly occurs in warmer climates or among those who participate in watersports. This is because the fungi Aspergillus and Candida cause the condition. Fungal ear infections can have several symptoms. You should see a doctor if you experience the symptoms, as they will likely not go away without treatment.
Key symptoms include:
- Discoloration of the outer ear or ear canal
- Intense itching or flaky skin around your ear canal
- Hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in one or both ears)
- A feeling of fullness in your ears
- Yellow, green, black, white or gray discharge
Some may also experience fever, dizziness and severe ear pain. If Aspergillus is the cause of your ear infection, you may also see yellow or black dots and fuzzy white patches in your ear. If Candida is the cause, you may experience a creamy white discharge in your ear.
Treatment for Otomycosis
Typically, fungal ear infections aren’t serious but can spread or worsen into more serious conditions. Your healthcare specialist can help you determine which treatment is right for you.
Treatment options include:
- Cleaning. A doctor can provide you with special rinses to thoroughly clean your ears.
- Medications. A doctor can prescribe oral antifungal medications and recommend over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Ear drops. Antifungal ear drops can treat the infection and relieve pain.
- Creams or ointments. If the infection is on the outer part of the ear, you may be prescribed a topical cream or ointment.
- Home remedies such as hydrogen peroxide can also be used, but consult with a doctor before attempting any home remedies.
If you suspect you may have otomycosis, schedule an appointment at Pinnacle ENT Associates.