Clearing the Way: Treatment for common ear infections.

Outer ear infections, also known as otitis externa, can be painful and bothersome. These infections primarily affect the ear canal and the outer portion of the ear. Understanding the different types of outer ear infections and their treatment options is essential for prompt relief and prevention of complications. In this article, we will explore the most common types of outer ear infections and discuss how microsuctioning and manual methods of ear wax removal can aid in their treatment.

Types of Outer Ear Infections

Bacterial Otitis Externa

Bacterial otitis externa occurs when bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus or Pseudomonas aeruginosa, infect the ear canal. It is often caused by excessive moisture, injury to the ear canal, or the use of contaminated objects in the ear. Symptoms may include ear pain, swelling, redness, discharge, and itching. Antibiotic ear drops are typically prescribed to eliminate the bacterial infection and reduce inflammation. Cleaning the ear canal and keeping it dry is essential for effective treatment.

Fungal Otitis Externa

Fungal otitis externa, commonly known as "swimmer's ear," is caused by fungal overgrowth in the ear canal, particularly by the Candida or Aspergillus species. It typically occurs due to prolonged exposure to moist environments, such as swimming pools or hot and humid weather. Symptoms include itching, discomfort, redness, and a whitish discharge. Antifungal ear drops are commonly used to combat the fungal infection and alleviate symptoms. Avoiding water exposure and maintaining proper ear hygiene are vital for effective treatment.

The Role Microsuctioning in Treating Outer Ear Infections

Accumulated ear wax can contribute to the development of outer ear infections by creating a favorable environment for bacterial or fungal growth. Micro suctioning and other manual dry methods of ear wax removal can be beneficial in treating outer ear infections by cleaning the ear of infection, blockages and moisture thereby improving the effectiveness of prescribed medications.


Microsuctioning is a safe and effective technique used by healthcare professionals to remove excessive ear wax. This method involves using a small suction device that gently extracts the wax from the ear canal. Micro suctioning ensures thorough and precise wax removal without pushing the wax deeper into the ear.

Manual Methods of Ear Wax Removal

Manual methods use tools such as curettage, may be sometimes be used instead Micro suctioning to lift the wax from the ear canal for best results.

Microsuctioning is recommended for treating ear infections as no water is introduced into the ear canal.


Outer ear infections can cause discomfort and interfere with daily activities. Understanding the different types of outer ear infections and their respective treatments is crucial for effective management.

Our highly trained ear nurses can assess your ear hygiene, and assist in the management of outer ear infections.  With appropriate care and timely intervention, most outer ear infections can be successfully treated, allowing you to find relief and resume your normal activities. 

If you believe you may have an outer ear infection, contact us for an appointments today on 09 212 1412