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I am an ear nose and throat specialist and wants to help you.
Have you seen an ENT specialist so far?
No, just a GP
what he said about your earm drum?
is intact or not?
he said it didn't look in very good shape at the time, which I imagine is intact, but quite swollen. This was when I was in full pain.
The GP I saw 2 weeks later didn't seem to think much of it, but she noticed the white substance
Itching is severe?
Not as much as before I changed my diet (wheat, dairy and sugar free)
but still present throughout the day
Have you tried antihistamines?
yes, it does relieve the itching if I feel it acutely
Any pain on pressing the ear from outside?
No, it just feel very dry inside
I tested with the tip of a Q-tip and that's when I saw the yellow-green discharge
Do you have hair dandruf
I do, yes
ok thanks for your input
There are two possibilities for your problem if your ear drum is intact.
First that its a fungal infection
Second that its a sebohric otitis externa
secondary to the hair dandruf
but its less likely
I suggest that you should see ENT who should examine you and should clean your ear under microscope and he can give you antifungal drops
meanwhile you can start with OTC Tab citrizine once daily to help you with itching.
Donot let water enter in your ears
put oil soaked cotton in ears or swimming plugs while bathing
I can do that, is there any way the fungus is responsible for the secretion?
yes for sure
but provided your ear drum is intact
i have a feeling that your GP was not good at looking at ear drum
otherwise he should have told you about any perforation if present
yes, she wasn't very knowledgeable there.
if I get treatment for the fungus, is there a way to tell it's not working, as in it isn't a fungus problem?
your doctor will send a culture before that to confirm this
moreover fungus has typical appearence and ENT doctor can easily recognize it
you are most welcome
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ok, I will go have it looked at.
Will do, thanks.