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Vinegar treatment in the management of granular myringitis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 March 2006

Hak Hyun Jung
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Sung Dong Cho
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Chan Ki Yoo
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Hyun Ho Lim
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Sung Won Chae
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

To compare the therapeutic efficacy in the management of granular myringitis, 15 patients with chronic granular myringitis were treated with antibiotic ear drops that were used twice to four times a day, and another 15 patients were treated with daily irrigation of the external canal with dilute vinegar solution. All patients treated with dilute vinegar solution had resolution of their original otorrhoea within three weeks, whereas two-thirds of patients recovered within three weeks when treated with antibiotic ear drops. The disadvantages of dilute vinegar therapy were canal irritation with pain and dizziness. When the therapeutic efficacy was compared statistically, a dry ear was attained in the dilute vinegar-treated group at six weeks and six months in the antibiotic ear drop treated group (p<0.01). These results suggest that very low pH therapy using dilute vinegar solution is definitely effective in the management of granular myringitis.

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Copyright
© Royal Society of Medicine Press Limited 2002

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