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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 (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) 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. 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


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

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?

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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What is the lay term for "otitis externa"?

What is the lay term for "otitis externa"?

Outer ear infection: I would call it an outer ear infection or an ear canal infection. Also sometimes referred to as swimmers ear. ...Read more

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My husband's grandparent might have otitis externa. What is it?

Swimmer's ear: Sometimes a small drop of water can get trapped behind a small piece of wax in the ear canal, either from swimming or bathing. Then, because it is a warm place, bacteria or fungus can grow causing pain and swelling, which can be severe. Ear drops and sometimes oral antibiotics and steroids are used to treat this condition. ...Read more

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Can you fly with otitis externa?

Usually you can: Otitis externa only involves the outer ear, and this part of the ear is not sensitive to pressure changes. If the infection involves the ear drum as well or behind the ear drum (with fluid or negative pressure present- your doctor or ENT could tell you), then flying can be painful. I would get checked before the flight to be sure what is going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Ear Canal Infection (Definition)

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