What pharmacologic therapy is effective for pain control in 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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Pain control is essential to quality patient care. OE can be quite painful, and patients frequently request analgesics. These agents ensure patient comfort and may have sedating properties. Inexpensive, simple nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce inflammation and irritation and can be paired with opiates to improve pain symptoms Over-the-counter acetaminophen is appropriate for most patients. In some cases, systemic analgesics are helpful before ear cleaning or wick placement.


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