What to expect if you think you’ve got a fungal ear infection
A fungal ear infection needs to be diagnosed by your GP or a qualified medical practitioner. It’s important for your GP to know your full medical history. If you have diabetes or a weaker immune system, you’re more likely to suffer from a fungal ear infection.
Otomycosis can sometimes be misdiagnosed as an outer ear infection. The symptoms can be similar and bacterial infections are more common than fungal.
But a fungal ear infection won’t respond to antibiotic ear drops, so if your condition doesn’t change after using this kind of medication, it’s possible a fungus is to blame.
Your doctor will need to take a sample of any discharge from your ear and get it analysed to know whether your infection is caused by a fungus.
Most people can be treated effectively, although for some, particularly elderly patients, there is a concern that the infection can spread, so they’ll need more support.