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Proper diagnosis can depend on a person's medical history

In order to properly and effectively diagnose a fungal ear infection, it is important for a fully trained medical practitioner to study the symptoms that the person is experiencing and to also carry out tests on any discharge that may be being caused by the infection. This means it is important to visit a medical practitioner as soon as possible when this condition becomes apparent. There is a need for this infection to be treated with the use of anti-fungal medications.

For a fungal ear infection to be properly diagnosed, it can be helpful to have a reliable doctor that is on familiar terms with your medical history. Your GP will stand a better chance of successfully diagnosing the clinical symptoms of this form of condition if they have an awareness of any other conditions or diseases a patient has experienced. Anyone who has a weaker immune system or who is suffering from diabetes mellitus will be at greater risk of this ailment, which is why it is important for doctors to examine for these conditions. For many people, ailments and conditions do not come alone, which is why having full access to the medical history and record of a patient will increase the likelihood of a GP making an effective call about a person's condition.

It is not uncommon for patients to suffer a misdiagnosis and find that they are provided with ear drops of an antibiotic nature to clear their condition. This is where a GP believes that the type of infection is bacteria based infection as opposed to a fungi infection. If the doctor believes this and there is no form of improvement from this form of medication, there is a greater likelihood of this style of ear infection being in play. One way in which a doctor can make a more informed diagnosis of the condition is to take a sample of the discharge that is being produced by the ear. This is where the discharge should be placed under a microscope and then checked for the presence of fungi.

Effective treatment for this form of infection begins with cleaning the ear. It is hoped that effective cleaning will properly remove the fungus and it is also possible to take antifungal ear drops to provide a longer term solution. In some severe cases of fungal ear infections, anti-fungal agents may be taken orally. While most people who suffer from this form of infection can be treated effectively, there is a concern for some elderly sufferers of the condition spreading. This is where there is a need for more detailed support to be provided.

  • Outer ear infections (otitis externa) can either be an acute infection or a chronic condition.

  • Middle ear infections (otitis media), are the most common, especially in younger children.