If there is pus or discharge over the external auditory meatus (opening of the ear), clean it away gently with a cotton bud. Alternatively you can roll some cotton into a sharp ended tip.
Ensure that the ear drop solution is at body temperature (about 37 degrees Celcius) before instillation. Warm the solution by hand prior to use, if necessary.Too cold a solution in the ear may cause extreme giddiness and nausea.
In an adult, pull the ear pinna upwards and outwards to straighten the outer ear canal. In a child, pull the ear pinna outwards and downwards instead.
Hold the head in the position over the next 10 minutes. Rise up after that, placing clean tissue paper/cotton against the ear.
If ear drum perforation is present, the tragus should be massaged several times to displace the solution into the middle ear (i.e the space behind the ear drum)
Avoid direct contact between the tip of the solution container and the ear as you instill the ear drops (number of drops as prescribed by your doctor) into the external ear canal.
Repeat the instillation as directed by your doctor i.e Twice or Three times a day.
Lie down with the ear to be treated facing upwards
adult: upwards & outwards
kids: downwards & outwards
x 10 minutes
Ear Drops Application flyer -English
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Medical product used here is for illustration only and does not imply endorsement of any ear drop solution.This patient education is provided in good faith to help patients and their families learn more about their medical conditions, the options available to them and the possible consequences of their decisions. This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis, or treatment of any specific individual. Please consult with your ENT doctor regarding your particular circumstances.
DR. VINCENT TANConsultant Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon,MD (UKM), MS ORL-HNS (UKM), DOHNS RCS Edinburgh (UK), MRCS Edinburgh (UK), Postgrad. Cert.in Allergy (UK), A.M. (Mal), Fellowship in Rhinology (Singapore)Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology & Surgery (Amsterdam)