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A study of three preparations in the treatment of otitis externa

  • R. W. T. Slack (a1)

Summary

Twenty-seven patients with an initial diagnosis of otitis externa, untreated for the previous 2 weeks, were treated with weekly aural suction toilet and a choice of three topical drops. Two contained combinations of antibiotics and steroids, one of which also contained an anti-fungal agent. The third was boric acid in spirit. The patients were assessed at weekly intervals until a remission was established. From this study it would appear that antibiotic-based drops confer no real advantage over boric acid in spirit.

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Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW.

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Barton, W. P. E., Wright, J. L. W. and Gray, R. F. E. (1979) The clinical evaluation of a new clobetasol propionate preparation in the treatment of otitis externa. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 93: 703706.
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Ludman, H. (1980) Discharge from the ear: otitis externa and acute otitis media. British Medical Journal, 281: 16161617.
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The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
  • ISSN: 0022-2151
  • EISSN: 1748-5460
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