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Otomycosis is a fungal infection in the ear canal. It causes pain and itching. Sometimes fluid leaks from the ear. The infection can also cause a feeling of fullness in the ear and sometimes hearing loss.
Children who have diabetes or a weak immune system are more likely to get this problem.
Children who were treated with antibiotics for an ear infection may also get this fungus.
After your child has had an infection, they may get it again. Your doctor may have you put medicine in your child's ear. Treatment also includes cleaning the ear often.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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