Diabetes Ear Infections

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Alternative Names

Ear infection - outer ear - chronic; Otitis externa - chronic


Treatment

The goal is to cure the infection, usually with ear drops containing antibiotics.

Other treatments include:

  • Corticosteroids to reduce itching and inflammation
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to help relieve pain
  • Vinegar (acetic acid) drops

If the ear canal is very swollen, a wick may be placed in the ear to allow the drops to travel to the end of the canal.

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