Which topical agents are most effective in the treatment of 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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In a systematic review of therapy for OE, Rosenfeld et al demonstrated little overall difference among the various topical agents used to treat this condition [20, 21] ; however, they found that use of a topical steroid alone increased cure rates by 20% as compared with a steroid-antibiotic combination. The combination of oral antibiotics with otic antibiotic solutions has not been shown to improve treatment success rates. [22]


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