Common Symptoms of Otitis Externa

Itchiness, pain,  discharge - thin and milky, hearing loss, blocked feeling.

What else may happen?

The infection may spread; the ear canal may swell and close off. Severe cases may turn into cellullitis and require hospital admission for IV antibiotic therapy and daily aural toilet (ear cleaning)

The area in front or behind the ear may become red, sore and swollen and a glandular lump may appear high in the neck. The person may feel unwell, with fever, malaise, nausea and lethargy.