Chronic otitis externa

It's a common condition affecting up to 5% of the population

Correct identification and management of chronic otitis externa can minimise its long-term effects.


Chronic otitis externa refers to inflammation of the external ear canal lasting for more than six weeks.

This common condition affects 3-5% of the population.

This article will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic otitis externa and highlight scenarios where referral to an ENT surgeon should be considered.

The external auditory canal is comprised of outer cartilaginous and inner bony segments.