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Hi, Thanks for your question. I'm Dr. Hasan and I'll try to help you.
I am an assistant professor of ENT and can guide you..
and any diagnosed medical problem?
hello, not really m.s since 1992, but still working and symptom free
Is there any pain on pressing the ear from outside?
no, but my right ear does sometimes feel hot, but not painful to touch or bend
Your ear drum was found to be intact on examination?
on the 2nd drs visit I was told there was a bulge and yellow behind it most recent visit told eardrum intact
Thanks a lot for your input.
I am sorry to hear about your problem. I am going to address your primary concern but later you can ask anything you want.
From your description it is obvious that it is otitis externa.
An infection of external ear canal.
There can be few reasons that it has not healed;
that wa the original drs' input do you think it has become complicated?
Either the antibiotics given were not effective against the organism involved or it can be associated with fungal infection where antibiotics don't work.
Yes it is possible but I don't think that is has got any major complication
It is just persisting
You need to get a culture test if possible and antibiotics according to the result of that.
i see, I have infection on my toes and excema on my scalp, does that make a difference?
Are you restricting water entry in your ear?
Yes there can be a connection between them.
no, should I BE?
Yes because if you don't infection can linger on.
Restriction of water entry is more important than medicines.
like 'swimmers ear? should I be worried?
you need to put a Vaseline soaked cotton in your ear while taking bath.
You can use ear plugs as well.
But you must do it.
I have 5 days to wait for my appt' is that o.k?
Yes absolutely you can wait.
I reassure you that there is nothing serious.
You can wait but avoid water entry even after your doctors visit
and please don't stress yourself.
Till you go, you can use OTC tab Aleve 550 mg twice daily.
It is much stronger than ibuprofen.
I think i have rather 'over googled' things cancer....malignant otitis externa etc,
Yes you are right.
Malignant otitis externa is a disease of diabetics or people with long term illnesses so it's not your case but even if it is, it is curable easily.
Cancer is out of question .
Cancer never present as painful lesion and if it was cancer, you should never have gotten better even once during your treatment.
Thank-you, nurses are hopeless! I feel much relieved and I will stop scaring myself and concentrate on work.
You are most welcome. Please don't stress yourself, I assure you :)
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Thanks and goodnight