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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes swelling in the ears?

the inside of my ears are very swollen my left one more than the left ear has pus coming from it...very painful and burning sensation going on..i was prescribed neomycinand polymyxin b sulfate and hydrocortisone otic solution drops to use daily but i think the inside of my ear is so swollen that the drops arent going in properly and my ears are getting worse. what should i do?
Mon, 29 May 2017
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello, my name is Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi. I understand your concern.
I think that your symptoms are related to otitis externa.
Treatment of otitis externa consist in:
1)antibiotic ear drops:this can treat an underlying bacterial infection.
2)corticosteroid ear drops: this can help to reduce swelling.
3)antifungal ear drops: this can treat an underlying fungal infection.
4)acidic ear drops:this can help kill bacteria.
Some other advices that I can give to you are :
-gently remove any discharge, earwax or debris from your outer ear using a twist of cotton wool
-warm the ear drops by holding them in your hands for a few minutes, as cold ear drops can make you feel dizzy
-lie on your side with your affected ear facing up before applying the drops directly into your external ear canal
-gently push and pull your ear for about 30 seconds to work the drops in and get any trapped air out
-stay lying down for three to five minutes, to ensure the ear drops don't come out of your ear canal
leave the ear canal open to dry
Hope my answer was helpful, if you have any other questions I'll be glad to help, thanks!
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