- Regular checkups can help prevent ear problems.an ear to be visited image by TEMISTOCLE LUCARELLI from Fotolia.com
Ear fungus can appear on the inside of an ear or the external ear canal and lobes. This organism comes in many forms such as aspergillus niger, candida albicans and aspergillus fumigates. This condition can cause several uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, swelling and inflammation inside and around the ear. Pus may drain from the ear if you have an aggressive fungal infection.
- According to the Mayo Clinic, amoxicillin is a common antibiotic used to treat ear infections, regardless of the cause. This medication can treat infections caused by a fungus in addition to other causes of ear inflammation. Some doctors may recommend using ear tubes to drain extra pus and fluid from the ears. Ear infections are common in children, especially toddlers and babies. Some children suffer with persistent infections and throbbing ear pain.
- According to Fungus Focus, fluconazole is a common medication used to treat ear fungus and other types of fungus. This medicine is an antibiotic pill that kills the infection from the inside of the body. For serious infections, patients may take this medication in addition to using ear drops or topical creams depending on where the fungus is. When the fungus has reached the outer portions of the ears, patients can apply a cream directly on the ear to cure the infection.
However, if the fungus reaches deeper within the ear canal and eardrum, a person may need to take medication in addition to ear drops. If wax buildup is to blame, your doctor will flush out excess wax with pressurized water. This is a common treatment performed in doctor's offices.
- Home remedies are a common treatment for ear fungus. Some of these remedies are preventative methods, while others treat fungus on contact. To prevent and reduce infection, you can pour warm olive oil in the ear on a daily basis. Olive oil has natural anti-bacterial properties that help to remove excess wax buildup and inhibit fungal infections.
You can also combine crushed garlic and olive oil as well, but be sure to wash your ears thoroughly afterward, or be sure you chop the garlic into fine granules. Pouring hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar in the ears can also help. However, always be sure that anything you pour in the ears is lukewarm.