A recent study suggests that certain ear infections, especially those caused by a virus or bacteria, can be treated using a combination of oral and topical medications.
According to the American College of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, this combination may be more effective than the oral treatment option because it provides more relief than a single drug.
“We believe that the oral therapy is more effective because the patient has a better sense of the urgency and pain,” said Dr. Richard Saffioti, an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and a co-author of the study.
The study was published online in the journal Otolaries.
Saffitoti said that while oral antibiotics are commonly used in otolaryctomy, there is a shortage of drugs available for treating ear infections.
He also said that the researchers were surprised to find that the treatment was effective when taken in conjunction with a single course of antibiotics.
According to the study, patients who received antibiotics were less likely to develop ear infections compared with patients who did not receive antibiotics.
The researchers found that the patients who had antibiotics for two weeks after surgery were no more likely to experience ear infections than the patients that received no antibiotics.
In addition, there was no difference in ear infection rates when the patients were treated with a topical solution or a topical oral medication, but the researchers found no difference between patients who were given a topical nasal spray and those that received a topical drug.
The researchers say that there is potential for a better approach to treating ear infection, but that further studies are needed to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.