Diffuse inflammation of external auditory canal with or without infection
Also known as “swimmer’s ear”
May be categorized as acute, chronic, or malignant
Acute: rapid onset, usually ba...
Symptoms are rapid in onset (generally within 48 hours) and include otalgia (70%), pruritus (60%), a sense of fullness (22%), drainage (32%), and occasionally impaired hearing.
90% of ...
For mild to moderate pain, acetaminophen or ibuprofen and application of heat or cold packs often will suffice.
For severe pain, a short course of narcotics may...
Reevaluate if symptoms do not improve within 2 to 3 days of initiating treatment, progression of symptoms despite treatment, or severe illness.
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380.10 Infective otitis externa, unspecified
380.12 Acute swimmers’ ear
380.16 Other chronic infective otitis externa
380.22 Other acute otitis externa
380.23 Other chronic otitis externa
Q: How should I clean my child’s ear?
A: The external ear can be cleaned with a washcloth. Cotton swabs or other objects should not be inserted into the ear canal, as they may cause trauma or lead ...
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FIGURE 121.3. Gauze wick (¼ × 1½ in.) being placed in ear canal to facilitate topical treatment of otitis externa.
<bold>Figure 16-2</bold> Otitis externa.
<bold>Figure 16-4</bold> Mycotic otitis externa.