Patient Education for Ear Medication

Patients should understand that they should not place any foreign objects into their ear canal including Q-Tips. Ceruminolytics should be used to remove cerumen. Patients who are prone to swimmer's ear (otitis externa) should keep the ear canal dry by placing two drops of alcohol in the ear canal.

Many medications used to treat ear disorders are sensitive to light. Therefore, they should be kept in a light-resistant container.

All antibiotics must be taken for the prescribed length of time (10-14 days). The patient should not stop taking antibiotics once the pain has subsided.

The patient should report any change in hearing. Some patients may not report the loss to their healthcare professional because they consider the loss of hearing as part of aging or due to exposure to environmental noises.

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