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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.

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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.

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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?

Otitis externa: Most cases of otitis externa need a combination of antibiotic, anti fungal and steroids ear drops which has to be prescribed by a doctor. Keeping ear dry is also advised.

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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.

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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.

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How can I treat my otitis externa without medicine? I only poor and don't have money to see doctor and buy medicines.

See below: -make sure water doesn't enter your ear -do not scratch your ear; do not use q-tips in your ear. I understand your situation. If you do no improve w/ this non-medical management, you will need to see a doc. I do not recommend any over the counter drops or home remedies as a doctor needs to examine your ear, ear canal, and eardrum. A free clinic in your community should be able to treat you.

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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.

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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.

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What is otitis media vs otitis externa?

What is otitis media vs otitis externa?

MiddleEar&Ear Canal: Otitis Media is the infection in the middle ear behind the ear drum Otitis Externa is infection in the ear canal leading to the ear drum

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Using locacorten vioform drops fungal otitis externa. How long to lie on side? I've been lying for 20 mins but drips out when I straighten. Normal?!

Ear: You can tilt your head the other way and let the drops sit for between three and five minutes. Some of the drops always come out. Make sure you keep your ear dry when you shower

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Getting into see the doc for the otitis externa. Biggest fear that if it is worse and they have to clean them or use a wic is any of this painful????

Getting into see the doc for the otitis externa. Biggest fear that if it is worse and they have to clean them or use a wic is any of this painful????

If careful, no: If done carefully, there should be no problems. Tell your clinician upfront about your concerns and they will be more aware and careful. Hope that helps.

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I have otitis externa. Is it ok that I don't have any medicine for my ear? I just take pain reliever to ease the pain.

I have otitis externa. Is it ok that I don't have any medicine for my ear? I just take pain reliever to ease the pain.

Vinegar cure: If you are sure you have otitis externa, 4-5 drops of ordinary white vinegar might be able to help you, use three or four times daily. Four or five drops should suffice.

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What are the symptoms associated with otitis externa?

What are the symptoms associated with otitis externa?

Otitis externa: Swimmer's ear. Very painful infection of the external ear canal with significant tenderness to touch/tug on ear cartilage. Canal will often close with swelling. Puss-like drainage is very common. Can be very concerning if untreated or in diabetics, with spread of bacteria to bone around the canal.

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Otitis externa still not going away. What should I do?

Follow up: If you already have seen your doctor and were prescribed the right antibiotic ear drops, but it is not improving, you should go back to your doctor to get rechecked.

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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.

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Can you fly with an otitis externa?

Probably: Depends on severity. Need to check with your treating physician.

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Who suffers from acute otitis externa?

Who suffers from acute otitis externa?

Anybody: Anybody can. People who get water in their ear repeatedly are at slightly higher risk of oe which is why it is sometimes called swimmer's ear.

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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Also known as otitis externa, this 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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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