Furuncle of the Ear Canal


This patient presented with severe right ear pain. The arrow points to a very painful swelling at the opening of the ear canal. Note the inflammation and oedema in front of the ear.

A furuncle of the ear canal results from infection of the hair follicle of the outer ear canal. It may start and a small pustule and may develop into an abscess. It is an extremely painful condition. Even touching the pinna to examine the patient may result in severe pain. Typically it presents as a painful swelling at the external auditory meatus Treatment is aimed at treating the infection and pain with antibiotics and analgesics. An incision and drainage may be necessary.