Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ear Cholesteatoma Home Care

Home care for cholesteatoma includes:

  • Avoid loud noises.
    • Wear ear plugs or ear muffs.
  • Do not place objects in your ear.
    • Do not insert cotton swabs into the ear canal.
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Ear Cholesteatoma Pain Control

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with cholesteatoma include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Ear Cholesteatoma Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have cholesteatoma and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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