In children and adults alike, ear pain is a common occurrence. We've all experienced ear aches, itchy ears, swelling, redness, and sensitivity to touch a few times in our own lives. To shed some light on the top recommended medications for these symptoms and their specific areas of treatment, we've compiled this list of the top five prescription drugs to administer with the ClearDropper Ear Drop Applicator.
1. Ciprodex Eardrops
Ciprodex Eardrops are prescribed to treat ear infections located in the middle ear and outer ear canal. The drops both heal infections and reduce inflammation that causes ear pain. A typical dosage is 4 drops in the infected ear twice a day, and the treatment duration lasts 7 days.
2. Ciprofloxacin Otic
Ciprofloxacin Otic solution treats outer ear infections by killing bacteria causing the infection. The solution typically comes in single-use bottles containing one dose per bottle. It should be applied twice a day for 7 days. The pain should subside within a few days of first use.
3. Cipro HC
Cipro HC Otic combines ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone to simultaneously kill bacteria causing an ear infection while decreasing swelling in the ear. Cipro HC generally treats swimmer’s ear which is common in children caused by bacteria in water. Three drops of the solution should be administered twice daily for a week.
4. Cortisporin Otic
Cortisporin otic is prescribed to treat infections located in the external auditory canal of the ear by using a combination of steroids and antibiotics to fight the bacteria and reduce inflammation. The solution should be applied 3-4 times daily with 4 drops in the infected ear for a maximum of 10 days.
5. Ofloxacin Otic
Ofloxacin otic treats multiple variations of ear infections, such as outer ear infections, chronic middle ear infections in adults, and acute middle ear infections in children. The solution works by killing the bacteria causing the infection. The prescription usually comes in single-use bottles with the amount of solution already determined. Use twice daily for between 7-14 days, depending on your doctor’s diagnosis.
To use any of these listed medications, warm the bottle by holding it in your hands for one minute. Shake well and lie down with the infected ear facing upwards, and then hold the dropper upside down and squeeze. To make sure the drops do not leak from your ear, it is recommended to keep your ear facing upwards for 2 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to touch the bottle in the infected area, as that can cause contamination.
One major key to the healing process of an ear infection is following doctor’s direct orders. This means using the exact prescribed dosage as indicated by your medical advisor as not to waste time, effort, and money. Many times, the treatment process is delayed because the patient runs out of drops from missing the ear as they attempt to apply medication. Since ear infections are common in children and elderly patients, you can imagine how much medicine becomes wasted upon application. There is a simple solution to this issue: The ClearDropper. The ClearDropper resembles an eyedropper and is used similarly. Just load the medicinal liquid into the dropper, keep the infected ear lilted upwards with the dropper gently inserted into the ear, and squeeze.