How is debris in the external auditory canal (EAC) removed?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Ariel A Waitzman, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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Removal of debris from the ear canal improves the effectiveness of the topical medication. Gentle cleaning with a soft plastic curette or a small Frazier suction tip under direct vision is appropriate. Irrigation with a mix of peroxide and warm water may be useful for removing debris from the canal, but only if the tympanic membrane is intact. Any water instilled must be removed to keep from exacerbating the condition.


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