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Otitis externa is a diffuse inflammation of the skin lining the external auditory meatus.

  • the external auditory meatus (outer ear canal) is the external part of the ear that lies between the surrounding environment and the middle ear. The outer ear canal is about 2cm long tube, lined by normal skin, ending blindly at the ear drum
  • otitis externa is one of the most common pathologies in the ear, and also, one which can be most difficult to treat
  • "Mediterranean ear" describes otitis externa which arises as a result of holidaying in hot climates where the patient tends to sweat and bathe more frequently.
    • commonly swimmers are more susceptible; hence the term “swimmer’s ear”(1)

Reference:

  1. Sander R. Otitis Externa: A Practical Guide to Treatment and Prevention.Am Fam Physician 2001;63:927-36,941-2.

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