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What is the treatment for sore swollen ear post syringing?

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Hi, My wife XXXXXXX has had her ear syringed yesterday and last week. The ear is now swollen and sore. Can you please advise the best relief method. She has taken nurofen plus just now. Is cold or heat the best? my email address is YYYY@YYYY Thanks XXXXXXX
Posted Sun, 19 Jan 2014 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Prahlad Duggal 8 hours later
Brief Answer: Use of antibiotic drops will help Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for the query. Ear becoming swollen and sore post syringing points towards otitis externa which is an infection of the external auditory canal and pinna. Along with analgesics, patient needs to put antibiotic ear drops. A combination drop of antibiotics with steroids, antifungal and local anaesthetic is more useful if available over the counter. If pain does not improve or increases, you need to see an ENT as patient needs to start with oral antibiotics. Heat or cold is not usually effective but some symptomatic relief with heat may occur. Avoid water getting in to ear canal and application of steroid with antibiotic cream over the pinna if it is swollen also helps. Feel free to ask another query. Regards
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Thank you Dr. XXXXXXX Duggal. Very much appreciate your help with this. Warm regards, XXXXXXX and XXXXXXX
Answered by Dr. Prahlad Duggal 49 minutes later
Brief Answer: It was pleasure answering ur queries. Regards Detailed Answer: Dear, It was pleasure answering your queries. Feel free to ask another query. Regards
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