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Otitis Externa Treatment
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
My otitis externa was healed but why im having mild headache at night when i lay down? Is this from my past otitis externa?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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