Which conditions are associated with eczematoid (psoriatic) otitis externa (OE)?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Ariel A Waitzman, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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Answer

Eczematoid (psoriatic) OE is associated with the following conditions:

  • Eczema
  • Seborrhea
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis from earrings or hearing aid use
  • Purulent otitis media with perforation of the tympanic membrane and drainage; this may mimic OE to an extent, but it is usually painless and does not cause any swelling of the ear canal
  • Sensitivity to topical medications

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