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How are outer ear infections diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose an outer ear infection based on your symptoms and examining your ear with an otoscope. If there is discharge from the ear, a swab of the area may be collected to help identify the type of infection.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 05 Dec 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Earache

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