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How to Prevent Painful Swimmer's Ear

Posted 19 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 18, 2016 – Swimmer's ear – a common summertime problem among children – is easy to prevent, an expert says. "Swimmer's ear is a bacterial or fungal infection caused by water caught in the ear canal. The tell-tale signs are swelling of the ear canal and some drainage or discharge," said Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children's Hospital of the University of California, Los Angeles. Other types of ear infections cause pain inside the ear, but swimmer's ear causes pain when the outside of the ear is touched, Shapiro said in a university news release. Swimmer's ear can be prevented by using the corner of a washcloth or towel to dry ears after swimming. If a hair dryer is available, use the low setting and place the dryer about one foot away from the ear to dry it, Shapiro said. Never use a cotton swab to clean or dry the ear canal because ... Read more

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Health Tip: Triggers of Swimmer's Ear

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Swimmer's ear occurs when water becomes trapped inside. This can cause pain, inflammation and infection. The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery says potential triggers include: Spending time in a moist environment, such as swimming, bathing or showering. Exposure to bacteria, as may be found in hot tubs or polluted water. Buildup of hairspray or hair dye inside the ear. Injuring skin inside the ear canal. Development of conditions inside the ear canal, including eczema or seborrhea. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Unapproved Prescription Ear Drop (Otic) Products: Not FDA Evaluated for Safety, Effectiveness and Quality

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA announced its intention to take enforcement action against companies that manufacture and/or distribute certain unapproved prescription ear drop products (known as otic products) labeled to relieve ear pain, infection, and inflammation. The unapproved prescription ear drops contain active ingredients such as benzocaine and hydrocortisone, and have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness and quality. The labels on these products do not disclose that they lack FDA approval, and health care professionals may not be aware of their unapproved status. Unapproved prescription otic drug products are frequently given to young children suffering from ear infections and other conditions that cause ear pain and swelling. Patients taking unapproved drugs may be at greater risk because there is no proven safety or effectiveness information. These products may be ... Read more

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Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve ear pain and swelling, have not been evaluated for safety, quality and effectiveness, the agency said Wednesday. The agency notified the drugs' makers to stop marketing the drops following a few reports of local allergic reactions of the ear, eye, face, neck and mouth. The drops can also cause itching, stinging, burning and irritation of the ear, according to an FDA news release. "If we don't know whether these drugs have any benefits, we should not accept any possible risk of side effects," said the FDA's Dr. Charles Lee in the news release. The FDA did not release the names of the companies or the medications involved, but did note that "unapproved ... Read more

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Xtoro Approved for Swimmer's Ear

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 – Xtoro (finafloxacin otic suspension) eardrops have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat swimmer's ear, clinically known as acute otitis externa. The infection of the outer ear and ear canal, most often caused by ear canal bacteria, has typical symptoms including pain, swelling, redness and discharge, the FDA said in a news release. The drug's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in a clinical study of more than 1,200 people, aged 6 months to 85 years. The most common side effects were ear itching and nausea. Xtoro is produced by Alcon Laboratories, based in Fort Worth, Texas. More information The FDA has more about this approval. Read more

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FDA Approves Xtoro (finafloxacin) Otic Suspension to Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Posted 17 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

December 17, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Xtoro (finafloxacin otic suspension), a new drug used to treat acute otitis externa, commonly known as swimmer’s ear. Acute otitis externa is an infection in the outer ear and ear canal, usually caused by bacteria in the ear canal. Activities in which the ear is underwater can create a moist environment where bacteria may sometimes grow. The infection causes inflammation of the ear canal leading to pain, swelling, redness of the ear and discharge from the ear. Xtoro is an eardrop approved to treat acute otitis externa caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Xtoro is the newest drug belonging to the fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drug class to be approved by the FDA. It joins several other antibacterial drug products previously approved to treat ear infections. “The availability of multiple tre ... Read more

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Avoid Antibiotics in Pill Form for 'Swimmer's Ear,' New Guidelines Say

Posted 3 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 – Anyone who's ever contracted "swimmer's ear" knows how painful the infection can be. Now, updated expert guidelines stress that the condition is best managed by antibiotics or antibacterials given as eardrops rather than by antibiotics in pill form. The panel at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation recommends that patients be treated with antibiotic eardrops, but only if necessary. Swimmer's ear "may cause intense pain. Eardrops offer prompt relief, but about one-third of cases are treated with oral [pill] antibiotics, which are ineffective and promote resistant bacteria," Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, who helped draft the new advisory, said in a statement provided by the academy. "The updated guideline expands upon prior guidance with new clinical trials, new systematic reviews and consumer participation, intended to optimize the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Swimmer's Ear

Posted 17 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Swimmer's ear, medically called otitis externa, is an infection that occurs when fluid gets trapped inside the ear. It is a painful condition that requires a doctor's treatment. The Nemours Foundation mentions these treatment guidelines for swimmer's ear: Administer as directed any prescription antibiotics and steroid drops prescribed by your doctor. If the ear is swollen or packed with debris or pus, expect the doctor to gently clean out the ear. Offer over-the-counter pain relief medication to a child; your doctor may recommend prescription pain medication if pain is severe. Ease discomfort by placing a warm washcloth or heating pad against the ear. Read more

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