Ear Drops

Different ear drops come with different compositions and functions to treat different ear problems. For example, ear drops may contain antibiotics, steroids, local anesthetic, antifungal, pain killer, etc. Ofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, Gentamicin are commonly used antibiotic drops. Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Acetaminophen are commonly used pain-relieving ear drops. Using ear drops can cause muffled hearing at the time of administration. The used ear drop should be handled and stored carefully with hygiene. Exposed ear drops may trigger infection and must not be used.

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Are ear drops sufficient to heal pus discharge from the ear?

Query: Hi doctor,I wanted to ask if it is safe to use ear drops when pus is coming out of the ear. And I wanted to ask if it is normal for ear drops to cause dryness and flakes in the ear. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is nothing that you need to be worried about as this is a very common entity that we come across and is treatable. You have probably developed an acute infection of the eardrum, and that is why there is discharge. You can consider the following treatment ad...  Read Full »

Can I have tinnitus due to side effect of AZO?

Query: Hello doctor, I began exhibiting symptoms that I would describe as tinnitus from a week. I get a loud noise or ringing in my left ear, although it also happens in the right ear. One fine day the tinnitus actually went to the other ear (my right ear), my tinnitus since then has not been focused in a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. While you have elaborated on your symptoms very meticulously, I still require some more details. Is there any hearing loss? Do you have any fullness of the ear? The tingling feeling, is it permanent? Do you have any giddiness? Any change of ear fullness or tin...  Read Full »

How to get rid of hardened ear wax?

Query: Hi doctor, How can I get rid of hardened wax? I got it removed professionally about three months ago, but when a doctor saw my ears, he told me that my ears are prone to excessive build-up of ear wax. I do not want to remove it every time. I have been advised to use Glycerin Phenol drops to soften ...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. You can consider the following advice for wax hardened in the ear. 1. Please stop using earbuds at any cost. A. Introduces new infection into the ear canal and can be the reason for severe folliculitis....  Read Full »

How is an infection in the inner ear wall treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from a chronic ear infection. When it started, I started taking ear drops and it worked for me. But my issue is due to my infection present in my inner ears. It keeps on coming back when I stop taking drops. I want to cure my inner ear infection. Does using Dexatob ear drops h...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a possibility in you to have a chronic infection in the middle ear. It is located beyond the eardrum. In this situation, plain ear drops will not help to treat the infection. You require oral antibiotics to treat your infection completely. I suggest you tak...  Read Full »

Can ear drops be the cause for my hearing damage?

Query: Hello doctor, I am very concerned that I have hearing damage as a result of using "Otomize" ear spray (contains Neomycin). I had itchy ears (but no pain nor discharge), and my doctor prescribed me Otomize spray (3 times per day for seven days). I stopped using after day four because my ears felt nu...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your doctor is right, you have to have a drum perforation to let the antibiotic spray get into your middle ear through the drum perforation.So you need to perform a tympanometry with external canal volume to be sure that there is no perforation. Now tell me about the he...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment option to get relief from impacted wax present in ears.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old male with a weight of 63 kilograms and a height of five feet. I have decreased hearing in both ears. I think that there is a wax formation and it blocks the ways. Please suggest an ear drop to get relief.   Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can have impacted wax. This causes extreme frustration and blocks the entire ear canal. This results in pain and decreased hearing. Try to follow these measures to have relief. Stop using earbuds at any cost. It can introduce a new infection in the ear canal and cau...  Read Full »

Is my ear infection due to over masturbation?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. I have tinnitus for the last two weeks. I am taking tablets, but there is no improvement. I do not know the cause. The doctor, whom I visited, said that my nose hole is rooted in such a way that my ear gets infection like that. Also, my ear has pus inside. I think...  Read Full »

Dr. A K Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Here, I would like to say that masturbation is not related to your ear problem. Probably, you are having otorrhea (ear discharge) with hearing loss and tinnitus. You are advised to take ear drop containing antibiotic, antifungal and steroids alo...  Read Full »

Will eardrum perforation due to barotrauma on using suction heal on its own?

Query: Hello doctor, I have otitis media induced perforation. Perforation is caused as well by barotrauma and by using suction mistakenly thinking as the earwax is causing discomfort. Does perforation of this size require surgical repair? Or will it heal on its own over time? See photos from the otoscop...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through the photos you send (attachment removed to protect patient identity). However, both the photos are not very clear and the tympanic membrane is not clearly visualized. There are various aspects we take into consideration before a patient is chosen as an i...  Read Full »

Please suggest quick relief for cold and nasal congestion.

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is a diabetic and also hypertension patient. She is 66 years old. She is on regular diabetes and anti-hypertensive medicine. Now, she has severe cold, nasal congestion and ear congestion. Which medicine can be taken? Will Cetirizine be effective?  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your concern. I suggest tablet Allegra 180 mg (Fexofenadine) twice daily for five days. One tablet is to be taken in the morning and one at night after meals. Consult her doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medici...  Read Full »

Why can I not hear after using Q-tip?

Query: Hi doctor, I cleaned my ear with a Q-tip and now I cannot hear. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com Most probably in your case the wax would have got pushed further inside due to the Q-tip (earbud). It might be occluding the canal and the ear drum totally, so you cannot hear now. I suggest you to take Dewax or wax-dissolving ear drops, three to four drops daily for th...  Read Full »

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