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Is it safe to put afrin in ear to clear the crust of ear tubes?

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My ENT told me to put Afrin in my sons ear to clear the crust off his new ear tube? I asked twice and she said yes, use it in the right ear for three days. I put in in my sons ear tonight and he keeps waking up crying. Could I have hurt him?
Posted Mon, 22 Oct 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 32 minutes later
Thanks for posting the query.
I am Dr.Ratnakar Kini and I am pleased to answer your query.

Afrin is a decongestant medication. It has to be instilled in to the nostrils and not in to the ears.

The medication you instilled might NOT be hurting him.

But his ear tube problem is not getting treated and so he is having the pain.

All you need to do -
1. Instill Afrin in to the nostrils
2. Give a dose of tylenol.
3. Take him to the doctor again in the morning

I hope that answers your question.

If you have no more questions, kindly accept my answer and rate this service.

Dr.Ratnakar Kini
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