Which medications in the drug class Keratolytic agents are used in the treatment of Myringitis (Middle Ear, Tympanic Membrane, Inflammation)?

Updated: Oct 19, 2018
  • Author: John Schweinfurth, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Keratolytic agents

These agents cause cornified epithelium to swell, soften, macerate, and then desquamate. CAUTION: Any use of ototopical medications should be used with the knowledge of whether a tympanic membrane perforation exists and whether the medication has any ototoxic potential.

Salicylic acid topical

May be used as local antiseptic and keratolytic with some benefit. By dissolving the intercellular cement substance, salicylic acid produces desquamation of the horny layer of skin, while not affecting the structure of the viable epidermis.


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