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What is the best treatment for otitis externa?

What is the best treatment for otitis externa?

Ear drops: For uncomplicated otitis externa that's not severe, drops like cortisporin otic work fine. Severe cases may require different ear drops, and maybe oral antibiotics if it's really bad. To prevent, use drops that are a mix of 2 parts vinegar & 1 part rubbing alcohol- let them run in & right back out any time you get water in ears; don't use if already infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Otitis Externa (Definition)

Otitis externa is also known as Swimmer's ear. Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more


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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my otitis externa?

Vinegar: For mild cases, white vinegar can help. It can also be used after swimming ( a couple of drops) to prevent swimmers ear. But the ear drum needs to be intact (without a hole) before one can use it..Otherwise it will burn. ...Read more

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Can otitis externa go away on its own without treatment and if so what do I have to do for it until it goes away?

Can otitis externa go away on its own without treatment and if so what do I have to do for it until it goes away?

Drip Drip Dry: It might go away on it's own if you don't get it wet and gently wipe away the shmutz with a Q-tip, but unlikely. They tend to persist...and annoy, especially if you have any other illness like diabetes or HIV, etc.But if you want to try, add a tsp or two of vinegar to 1/2 cup of water and use a dropper to drip it into the ear 4 or 5 times a day. It may sting but it may also work. If not, see a doc ...Read more

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What are the treatments for acute otitis externa?

What are the treatments for acute otitis externa?

Antibiotic drops: As above, occasionally the debris must be cleared for drops to get deep into the troubled area. ...Read more

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How long to antibiotic eardrops take to cure otitis externa?

How long to antibiotic eardrops take to cure otitis externa?

Depends on situation: Oe usually responds within a few days to a week when the drops are properly used. Sometimes there is so much debris in the canal, the drops cannot get to the affected area & removal of the debris is needed. Sometimes a wick, a fabric that can hold the drops & bypass swelling & debris must be inserted. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have severe jaw pain if you are suffering from otitis externa?

Is it normal to have severe jaw pain if you are suffering from otitis externa?

Yes: We often get patients who are having jaw pain that we refer to ENT because they have an ear infection. By the same token, we get patients referred from ent's to rule out tooth pain because they can't find anything wrong from their end. Perfectly normal in my opinion. ...Read more

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I am having Otitis Externa.Will it heal by itself? If not, can I rinse my ears by myself? Will it worsen if not treated?

I am having Otitis Externa.Will it heal by itself? If not, can I rinse my ears by myself? Will it worsen if not treated?

Possible: Can heal with self treatment. Keep ear dry except for 2% acetic acid solution drops (OTC) 3-4 times daily. DO NOT use Q-tips as these cause external otitis. If not improved, see ENT doc for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Yep still dealing with otitis externa and now my head feels tight and am experiencing dulled hearing. Will I go deaf???? Please help am scared!!

Yep still dealing with otitis externa and now my head feels tight and am experiencing dulled hearing. Will I go deaf???? Please help am scared!!

Get Treated: No you will not go deaf due to Otitis Externa and it can cause dulled hearing We don't know what treatment you are taking if any.If not already done consult your Primary Care Doctor or an ENT Specialist and continue your treatment and follow up And don't be scared.If it is only Otitis Externa you have it is not a serious condition and will get better with treatment ...Read more

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Bloody discharge with otitis externa swimmers ear?

Bloody discharge with otitis externa swimmers ear?

See an ENT: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. A bloody ear could be a perforation. See a specialist first. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation. ...Read more

Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more