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What causes white film in ears when suffering from swimmers ear?

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My 14 year old son, over the summer had weird white things in his ear and was diagnosed with swimmers ear, then just recently he said he itched his ear and a white thing cam out, like a small grain of rice, I just looked in his ear and it looks like a white film in his ear. He says it doesn't hurt at all. Should I take him to an ENT?
Posted Wed, 29 Jan 2014 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Rajkishori Godhi 17 minutes later
Brief Answer: It may be fungus Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX There is a chance that it is fungal infection. Sometimes fungus can be present in the ear without any symptoms like pain or discharge. Was he treated adequately when he had swimmier's ear ? If he has not been treated adequately when he had swimmer's ear then there is a chance that the fungus persisted. Do not worry. It is very easy to treat fungus in the ear. All you will need is antifungal ear drops for 4 - 5 days and regular cleaning of all the debris. The skin of the ear canal is shed regularly. This skin along with ear wax can also look like a film covering the ear canal. Please take him to an ENT. Only examination can confirm the diagnosis. Feel free to follow up . Regards, Dr XXXXXXX
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