Ear Fungal Infection / Otomycosis

 17 Januari 2022   


Otomycosis is a fungal infection of the ear. This fungal infection generally occurs in the outer ear canal, which is the part between the ear canal and the eardrum.

Otomycosis usually affects only one ear.

Otomycosis requires appropriate treatment. This is so that the otomycosis does not get worse and causes complications, such as hearing loss or deafness.

Otomycosis occurs when fungus enters and develops in the ear. There are many different types of fungi that can cause otomycosis, but the most common are Candida and Aspergillus.

Several factors can increase a person's risk of suffering from otomycosis, namely:

  •  Live in a tropical or warm environment because mold development is faster in that environment
  •  Getting water into the ear when swimming or diving
  •  Have a weak immune system, for example because you have HIV/AIDS or are undergoing chemotherapy
  • Taking certain medications, such as antibiotics or corticosteroids, in the long term

Symptoms of otomycosis can vary in each patient. In otomycosis due to the fungus Aspergillus, yellow or gray-black spots may appear around the ears. Meanwhile, in otomycosis due to the Candida fungus, the spots do not appear, but the patient's ears secrete thick white fluid.

Some other symptoms of the ear that are commonly experienced by people with otomycosis are:

Redness, painful swelling, itching, peeling skin easily, ringing (tinnitus), White, yellow, gray, brown, or green discharge