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Discharge and infection behind ear, brown color on pad post cleaning, burning and pain, history of allergies.

I do not have a mirror where I can see what it looks like but behind my ear I have a discharge, infection. When I used an alcohol pad to clean behind my ear the pad had a brownish color to it. Behind my ear burns and hurts when I try to clean it. Is this a fungal or bacterial infection? I continuously have problems with my inner ears. I had an ENT to tell me it was allergy related. I have severe allergies and my inner ear problems (itching mostly) only occurs when my allergies flare up. I have been prescribed Clotrimazole and Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream to place in my ears when the itching inside the ears happen. Could the two be related?
Asked On : Fri, 27 Apr 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hi there.

It appears that you may be having fungal infection in the outer ear fold. This could result from sweat accumulation, seborrheic dermatitis and lack of hygiene.

While showering, do clean behind ears as otherwise infection may develop. If you have severe dandruff, you may need similar ointments which you are using for the scalp, folds of nose etc.

Keep the area clean. Wipe regularly with clean, soft cloth. Eat balanced diet. Drink 1-2 litres of water daily. Avoid cleaning inside of ear roughly. Avoid using cotton ear buds as they can increase chance of infection.

Wishing good health.


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