What follow-up is advisable 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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Suctioning of the EAC on a weekly basis is required until debris has been removed.

Patients must be monitored to ensure complete resolution of OE. Even in mild cases, follow-up is important for evaluating the response to treatment. In the view of some physicians, a follow-up visit 1 week after starting treatment is usually adequate; some prefer a shorter interval (eg, 2-3 days after the initiation of therapy).


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