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i have swimmer's ear, and i tried the drops for 2 days. but it's not working. is earwax keeping the water in?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
YOU NEED DROPS/LONGE: You have not given the drops long enough, need to be used for 5 to 7 days minimum.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Yes maybe.An exam can tell you .
Aug 16, 2012
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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Swimmer's ears: Many times, if the ear canal is swollen or it is impacted by debris, your ENT will need to clear the debris and place a wick to help keep the antibiotic solution in contact with the infected skin; otherwise, it will take much longer for it to work. Lay on your side and have someone put 3-4 drops slowly in the exposed ear canal. Stay in that position for 5-10 minutes, then repeat on the other side.

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