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Other infective otitis externa Save

ICD-10 code: H60.39

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Understanding Other Infective Otitis Externa

While most people are familiar with swimmer's ear as a common type of otitis externa, there are other types of infective otitis externa that can affect the ear. Here is a quick overview of the different types:

  1. Acute diffuse otitis externa - This type of otitis externa typically affects the entire ear canal and can cause pain, itching, and discharge. It is often caused by bacteria or fungi.
  2. Chronic otitis externa - This is a long-term version of acute diffuse otitis externa and can cause ongoing pain and discharge.
  3. Necrotizing otitis externa - This is a rare but serious form of otitis externa that can affect the bone and cartilage of the ear canal. It typically affects people with weakened immune systems.
  4. Malignant otitis externa - This is a rare but aggressive form of otitis externa that can spread to the surrounding tissue and bone. It is typically seen in people with poorly controlled diabetes.

If you suspect that you have any type of infective otitis externa, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Your doctor can diagnose the type of otitis externa that you have and determine the best course of treatment.

Treatment for infective otitis externa typically involves antibiotics or antifungal medications to clear up the infection. Depending on the severity of the infection, your doctor may also recommend ear drops or even oral medication. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove damaged tissue or bone.

To prevent infective otitis externa, it is important to keep your ears clean and dry. Avoid swimming in dirty or contaminated water, and use earplugs or a swim cap to protect your ears. If you have a history of otitis externa, talk to your doctor about the best ways to prevent future infections.

Overall, while other infective otitis externa may not be as well-known as swimmer's ear, they can still cause significant discomfort and even lead to serious complications if left untreated. If you think you may have any type of otitis externa, don't hesitate to seek medical attention.