What is the management of chronic suppurative otitis media?

The aim is to treat the infection and keep the ear dry so that the perforation in the eardrum can heal:

  1. Oral antibiotics, usually amoxycillin or co-trimoxazole for 10 days.
  2. Clean the external canal at least twice a day with a cotton bud to keep it dry. Using a cotton wick to dry the external canal is very useful (wicking).
  3. Avoid swimming or showering.
  4. Ear drops are of little help.

Refer to an ENT specialist/clinic if the ear continues to drain after 2 weeks of treatment, if the condition recurs or if you suspect a complication.

Chronic suppurative otitis media may result in serious complications.

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