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ICD-10 code: H60.5

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Understanding Acute Noninfective Otitis Externa

Acute Noninfective Otitis Externa (ANOE) is an inflammation of the external ear canal, which is the part of the ear that extends from the outside of the ear to the eardrum. This condition is typically caused by an allergic reaction or irritation from a foreign object. ANOE is often referred to as "swimmer's ear" because it is commonly associated with swimming and exposure to water.

Symptoms of ANOE can include redness, itching, pain, swelling, and discharge from the ear. In severe cases, hearing loss may also occur. If left untreated, ANOE can lead to complications such as a ruptured eardrum or a chronic infection.


The treatment for ANOE typically involves the use of eardrops to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. In some cases, antibiotics may also be prescribed if an infection is present. It is important to keep the affected ear dry and avoid swimming or any other activities that may cause water to enter the ear canal. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be used to manage discomfort.


Preventing ANOE involves taking steps to keep the ear canal dry and free from irritants. This can include using earplugs or a swim cap while swimming, avoiding the use of cotton swabs or other objects that can push wax deeper into the ear canal, and avoiding exposure to environmental irritants such as hair spray and cigarette smoke. It is also important to maintain good ear hygiene by cleaning the outer ear with a washcloth or towel.

  1. Keep the ear canal dry and avoid exposure to irritants.
  2. Use eardrops and pain relievers to manage symptoms.
  3. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be necessary.
  4. Prevention is key to avoiding ANOE.

ANOE is a common condition that can cause discomfort and even lead to complications if left untreated. By taking steps to keep the ear canal dry and free from irritants, using eardrops to manage symptoms, and practicing good ear hygiene, it is possible to prevent and treat ANOE. If you are experiencing symptoms of ANOE, it is important to seek medical attention to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis Codes for Acute noninfective otitis externa | H60.5

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