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Etymology: AS, eare + dropa
a topical, liquid form of medication for the local treatment of various conditions of the ear, such as inflammation or infection of the lining of the external auditory canal or impacted cerumen (earwax).


A medication in liquid form for instillation into the external ear canal, usually to treat infections or loosen cerumen.


Eardrops should not be used if the tympanic membrane is damaged or broken.
See: Otic Medications


n.pl oil-, water-, or alchol-based treatment that is placed in the ear. Used to treat inflammation and infections of the ear canal.
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The eardrops used in this study (Bacicoline-B, manufactured by Daleco Pharma) contain hydrocortisone, bacitracin, and colistin, and are active against most bacteria that cause acute tympanostomy-tube otorrhea, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
A recent study found that a popular over-the-counter eardrop designed to soften earwax is toxic to cells in the ear.
Based on patient preference and characteristics of the pediatric population, it would be feasible to use topical treatment, such as antibiotic and analgesic eardrops, as the first-line treatment for children.
The original ladies eardrops, Fuchsia coccinea, is from Brazil where it grows up to three metres.
In children, the most effective eardrops are the nonototoxic quinolones.
Antibiotic eardrops can cure this but it may be prevented with use of a vinegar and alcohol solution placed in your ears to keep them dry after swimming.
2) Sharon Poncher, a nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City, examines patient Jose Garcia's ear for signs of an infection, then prescribes eardrops and orders a recheck in five to seven days.
Consider buying over-the-counter eardrops to use after swimming to help prevent swimmer's ear.
When putting in eardrops, it is important they are carried well down into the ear canal itself.
A EARDROPS from the chemist would only help with an outer ear problem, such as wax build-up or irritation caused by chemicals, such as chlorine.
You can buy over-the-counter eardrops to use after swimming that can help prevent swimmer's ear.