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Does an external ear infection need to be treated wiht ear drops and with regular antibiotics together? Can we just use the drops?
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Drops
The external ear infection should respond to topical antibiotics - ie.
Ear drops.

In brief: Drops
The external ear infection should respond to topical antibiotics - ie.
Ear drops.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Patrick Melder
sometimes, though, the drops may not make it to where they need to go because the ear canal is swollen. In this case, a wick may be needed to keep the canal open and "draw" the medicated drops to the affected site. A good ER doc can place a wick... or your local ENT.
Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually just drops
An uncomplicated external ear infection that does not extend outside the canal to the outer ear should initially be treated with just antibiotic drops.
If the patient has a decreased ability to fight infection, as in diabetics and immunocompromised people, or when the infection extends beyond the ear canal, then oral antibiotics may be indicated.

In brief: Usually just drops
An uncomplicated external ear infection that does not extend outside the canal to the outer ear should initially be treated with just antibiotic drops.
If the patient has a decreased ability to fight infection, as in diabetics and immunocompromised people, or when the infection extends beyond the ear canal, then oral antibiotics may be indicated.
Dr. Anna Meyer
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