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What are outer ear infections?

Outer ear infections, or otitis externa, affect the skin lining the ear canal, between the opening of the ear and the eardrum. This causes inflammation and swelling of this region, which results in pain, itching in the ear, temporary hearing loss and discharge of a smelly yellow-green pus.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 05 Dec 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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Category: Earache

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