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Otitis externa in other diseases classified elsewhere Save

ICD-10 code: H62.4

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Otitis Externa in Other Diseases Classified Elsewhere

Otitis externa is a condition that affects the outer ear canal. It is also known as swimmer's ear because it often occurs after swimming. However, otitis externa can also be a symptom of other diseases that are classified elsewhere. Here are some of the diseases that can cause otitis externa:

  1. Diabetes: People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing infections, including otitis externa. High blood sugar levels can weaken the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infections.
  2. Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It can also affect the ears, causing inflammation and itching that can lead to otitis externa.
  3. Eczema: Eczema is another skin condition that can affect the ears. It causes dry, itchy skin that can crack and become infected, leading to otitis externa.
  4. HIV/AIDS: People with HIV/AIDS have a weakened immune system, which makes them more susceptible to infections. Otitis externa can be a symptom of this condition.
  5. Autoimmune disorders: Autoimmune disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can affect the skin and cause inflammation that can lead to otitis externa.

If you have otitis externa and any of these conditions, it is important to seek medical attention. Your doctor can help determine the underlying cause of your otitis externa and provide appropriate treatment. Treatment may include antibiotics, antifungal medication, or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.

In addition to seeking medical attention, there are also steps you can take to prevent otitis externa. These include keeping your ears clean and dry, avoiding swimming in contaminated water, and using earplugs or a swim cap to protect your ears while swimming. If you have any concerns about otitis externa or any other ear condition, be sure to talk to your doctor.