Fungal ear infection treatment
Your doctor will let you know which is the best treatment for you, but it is likely to be one of the following:
This is the first step. If your ear is particularly crusted up, or if discharge has built up within your ear, your doctor will use swabs, a syringe or a suction tool to gently and effectively remove it.
While it can be uncomfortable and may need to be done more than once, this process can reduce the chance of the fungus coming back. But it’s important to avoid swimming - and ignore the temptation to scratch your ear - until the infection has completely cleared up.
Your doctor may prescribe antifungal ear drops to help clear the infection. If so, it’s important that you follow their advice and use them as directed until the infection has completely cleared up.
Antifungal creams or ointments can also effectively treat fungal ear infections. These need to be applied to your outer ear, where they will help relieve any hard crusts that have formed as a result of discharge, and treat the underlying infection.
It may be necessary for you to take oral antifungal medication, such as itraconazole or voriconazole, to combat the infection - particularly if other treatments haven’t been successful.
Your doctor will advise which is most suitable for you.
Whichever method of treatment you undergo, it’s important to keep your ear dry and avoid scratching it. And if the infection doesn’t clear up, make sure you revisit your doctor for further treatment or advice.