Which physical findings are associated with fungal 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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Fungal OE results in severe itching but typically causes less pain than bacterial OE does. A thick discharge that may be white or gray is often present. Whereas pseudomonal infection produces purulent otorrhea that may be green or yellow, Aspergillus otomycosis looks like a fine white mat topped by black spheres. Upon close examination, the discharge may contain visible fungal elements (eg, spores or hyphae) or have a fuzzy appearance.

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