You can be treated by your family doctor with antibiotic ear drops. Occasionally, ear toilet by a specialist ENT surgeon is necessary. The ENT surgeon may insert an ear wick into the ear to allow the topical antibiotics to reach the deeper part of the ear canal. Some prescription drops may contain topical steroids which can help to rapidly reduce pain and swelling in the ear. Sometimes, oral pain medicines are necessary.
In patients with diabetes mellitus, intravenous antibiotics may be necessary for malignant otitis externa.
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