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Fungal ear infection (Krimikarna)

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Fungal ear infection-Krimikarna

Fungal ear infection or Otomycosis, a fungal infection of the ear canal often due to Candida and Aspergillus is a very common disease, especially in tropical and subtropical areas. Even though it is a rare possibility that otomycosis can lead to as severe complication as deafness, the symptoms of the disease like itching, discharge and pain makes the patient quite irritated and hence the quality of life is at stake. There can be lack of concentration due to these symptoms which may result into ‘loss of work hours’. Also the disease exhibits peculiar nature of recurrence, which extends the period of suffering in the patient.


Fungal ear infection cannot be directly correlated with a particular disease mentioned in Ayurvedic classics. Rather different stages of this disease depict different diseases from the texts. On the basis of clinical features, different stages of otomycosis can be included under Karnakandu, Kaphaja Karnashoola, Karnasrava and Krimikarna.


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Causes of Fungal ear infection

Etiological factors of Fungal ear infection include

  • Scratching of the ear
  • Water entry in ear
  • Long standing use of topical antibiotic

Ayurvedic reference of Fungal Infection in Ear-Krimikarna

Symptomsof Fungal ear infection

Symptoms: The Usual clinical trial of symptoms is earache, itching and otorrhoea.


Deafness and tinnitus etc. are the other associated symptoms



  • Cotton-like growth
  • Wet blotting paper-like mass
  • Swelling
  • Discharge: Colourless, blackish or brownish and scanty discharge may be present.
  • Tenderness: Movement of pinna is tender; there is tenderness below and in front of (tragus) the ear.

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Diet Management in Fungal ear infection

Do’s (Pathya) in Fungal ear infection

  • Regular cleaning of ear canal in an interval of 2-3 days till the prohibition of fresh fungal growth is an essential factor for quick relief of the disease
  • Pathya ahara includes godhuma(wheat), shali (red rice), mugda (green gram) yava(barley)

Don’ts (Apathya) in Fungal ear infection


  • Hot & Humid atmosphere
  • water entry in the ear
  • scratching of the ear by unsterile instrument such as, Matchstick, hair pin, key & finger nail etc
  • Ahara dravyas predominant in guru guna and which leads to increase in kapha should be avoided.
  • Head bath, vigorous brushing of teeth, physical exertion,

Yoga Therapy for Fungal ear infection

Postures include,

  • Pavanamukthasana
  • Setubandhasana
  • Vrukshasana
  • Virbhadrasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Ardhachandrasana

Ayurvedic Treatment for Fungal ear infection

Acharya Susruta gives a generalized treatment protocol for Karnasrava, Putikarna and Krimikarna. Sirovirecana (purgative therapy), Karna-Dhoopana(fumigation), Karnapurana (drug instillation), Karna-Pramarjana(wiping), Karna-Dhavana(cleansing), and Karna-Prakshalana(washing) are the therapeutic procedures to be adopted according to different stages of these conditions

Internal Medicines forFungal ear infection

  • Balahadadi thailam
  • Kayunnyadi thailam
  • Vacha lasunadi thailam
  • Kshara thailam

  • Karpuradi thailam
  • Pathyasadangam kashayam
  • Surasadi choornam
  • Guggulupanchapala choorna

Local therapeutic procedures like dhoopana(fumigation) gain much importance in otomycosis. Dhoopana with drugs like surasa, haridra, nimba etc and Vartaka dhooma which have krimihara properties are found effective in otomycosis.

Single herbs used in Fungal ear infection

  • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
  • Suraya (Ocimum sanctum)

  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Vilwa (Aegle marmelos)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Fungal ear infection?

Answer:  Fungal ear infection is the acute, sub-acute or chronic infection produced by fungi that affect the external auditory canal

Question: What are the causes of Fungal ear infection?

Answer:    There are many predisposing factors of otomycosis like, chronic infection of the ear, use of oils, ear-drops, steroids, swimming, evidence of fungal infection somewhere else in the body like hair, scalp, nails, vagina, skin etc

Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatment for Fungal ear infection?

Answer:    Local therapeutic procedures and internal medications gives better result in fungal infections of ear.

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