Acute Otitis Externa

Authoring Organization

Endorsing Organizations

Publication Month/Year

February 1, 2014

Last Updated Month/Year

April 4, 2024

Supplemental Implementation Tools

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External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

The primary purpose of the original guideline was to promote appropriate use of oral and topical antimicrobials for AOE and to highlight the need for adequate pain relief.

Target Patient Population

Aged 2 years or older with diffuse acute otitis externa

Target Provider Population

Any clinician who manages patients with acute otitis externa

Inclusion Criteria

Male, Female, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Emergency care

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Diagnosis, Treatment

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D010032 - Otitis Externa


acute otitis externa, AOE

Source Citation

Rosenfeld RM, Schwartz SR, Cannon CR, et al. Clinical Practice Guideline: Acute Otitis Externa. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2014;150(1_suppl):S1-S24. doi:10.1177/0194599813517083


Number of Source Documents
Literature Search Start Date
July 1, 2005
Literature Search End Date
October 1, 2012