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Occurrence of fungi causes otomycosis in rural areas of MP, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1School of Studies in Microbiology, Vikram University, Ujjain, MP, 456010, India
  • 2School of Studies in Microbiology, Vikram University, Ujjain, MP, 456010, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 10, Issue (1), Pages 33-35, February,10 (2021)


Otomycosis is a subacute or chronic superficial fungal infectious disease of the outer auditory meatus. In this study, the main objective is to define the etiological agents and predisposing factors of Otomycosis. This disease is involved in various sex and age groups. A total of 80 clinical specimens are collected from the external auditory canal. All clinical specimens are collected by sterile cotton swabs and inoculated on Sabourauds dextrose agar. All isolated fungal agents were examined by the mycological investigation. In our present study Aspergillus niger 43.73% and Candida species 35.2% are the major fungal isolates. A higher incidence of Otomycosis is predominant seen in male patients between 21-30 years of age. Pruritus is the common fungal symptoms of Otomycosis. In this study, a high incidence of Otomycosis is encountered in rural areas peoples, because due to the high humidity, moist, and dusty environment. The present study focuses on educating the people about predisposing factors (self-cleaning) and aware of treatment methods of Otomycosis.


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