The aim is to treat the infection and keep the ear dry so that the perforation in the eardrum can heal:
- Oral antibiotics, usually amoxycillin or co-trimoxazole for 10 days.
- 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).
- Avoid swimming or showering.
- 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.