What Cause Outer Ear Infections?

Q:
What cause outer ear infections?

A:
Outer ear infections are also called otitis externa or swimmer’s ear. Outer ear infections can be acute or chronic, more affect people in warm and humid climates.

In terms of the causes of outer ear infections, swimming isn’t the only contributing factor. The other common causes of outer ear infections include:

  • Excessive use of cotton swabs to clean the ear
  • A cut in the skin of the ear canal
  • Eczema, seborrhea or psoriasis
  • Bathing in polluted or infected water
  • Exposure to chemicals like hair dye
  • Allegries

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