As long spells of heat waves continue, monsoon this year is eagerly awaited in many parts of the country. While rain is expected to bring relief from the scorching heat, it will also increase risk of microbial infections. Fungal infections are common in monsoon and apart from skin and eyes, they can affect ears also. The contaminated rainwater can enter one’s ears and cause fungal infection.
“Too much humidity can be a breeding ground for bacteria causing fungal infection. Debris in the ear and bruises from earbuds can also make you prone to ear infections. A fungal infection of the ear called otomycosis also takes a toll on the ear,” Dr Ankit Jain, ENT Specialist Apollo Spectra Mumbai told HT Digital.
Dr Jain says the other causes of infection can be due to cold or flu and even allergies. “Furthermore, bacteria like Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae are factors behind bacterial ear infections. Though bacterial infection cases happen throughout the year, there is a steep rise during the rainy season,” says the expert
Choked ears, irritation, swelling, itchiness, earache, decreased hearing, watery discharge, dizziness, severe headaches, and even fever are among symptoms of ear infections.
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