It is possible that this could be a fungal ear infection. Since the external auditory canal is warm and dark it is very easy for infections to grow. The skin of the ear canal is also thin so it is easily traumatised. The causes of fungal infection are: Moisture in the ears (perspiration, humidity, swimming), High temperatures, inserting foriegn objects into the ear (cotton swabs, ear plugs, fingernails), dermatological disease (eczema, acne) or trauma to the ear canal (perforated ear drum).
It is important that you do not flush out your ears to remove the debris as it may only aggravate the fungal infection by adding moisture to the ears. In order to treat fungal infections one must administer ear drops readily available at pharmacies (for swimmer's ear) to dry out the ear (often include alcohol).
You need to keep in mind that symptoms of a fungal ear infection are usually similar to a bacterial ear infection. The ear promotes a delicate environment where both bacteria and fungus thrive. If antibiotics are administered in the absence of a bacterial infection, the good bacteria are killed, allowing the fungus to thrive. The best course of action is to visit an ENT specialist to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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