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Fungal infection in ear, antifungal and antibiotic medications, nicorette gum, smoker earlier

i have developed a fungal infection in my ear , the Dr has treated it three times in past three months with antifungal and anibiotic medications but the infection keeps returning. I am taking Nicorette gum since last four months 6 to 8 gums a day could this be the cause if yes what can i do? if I quit the gum i may go back to smoking . Please help me . Z
Asked On : Fri, 25 May 2012
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Hi Mr Zain ahmed,

Welcome to HCM.
I would like to know where do you reside.Because Otomycosis ( fungal infection of ear) is common problem among people living in hot and humid climate and also people who swim regularly.

Nicorrete gum is no where related to the recurrent fungal infections of ear. So, you can rest assured as far as the use of Nicorrette is concerned.

Recurrent Otomycosis is commonly seen in people with low immune status. Conditions like diabetes, malnutrition, HIV, hypoproteinemia , usage of steroids or malignancy makes you immuno compromised and there by lead to recurrent fungal infection.

Please get tested for the above mentioned conditions to rule out immune deficiency. Meanwhile change of place ( from hot and humid to cold but dry place)should also help you. You need to keep your ear as dry as possible. You can use a hair drier at a very low speed to dry your ear.

Hope you got the solution you were looking for.

Wish you a speedy recovery.
Take care
Answered: Fri, 25 May 2012
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