What pharmacologic therapy is recommended for treating otitis externa (OE)?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Ariel A Waitzman, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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Most physicians prescribe topical antibiotic-containing preparations. Otic antibiotic and steroid combinations have shown to be highly successful in treatment, with cure rates of 87-97%. [19] Other agents used include analgesics for pain relief, acidifying solutions, and, in some instances, antipruritics or antihistamines.


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