Ear Injury Treatment
Treatment for an ear injury depends on the severity of the injury. Swelling of the outer ear requires treatment by a doctor, in order to avoid deformity of the outer ear.
Treatment for an ear injury may include:
- Wound care:
- Cold compresses
- Compression dressing to the ear
- Antibiotic ear drops
- Tetanus immunization
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Surgery for middle ear injuries
- Plastic surgery for ear injuries
Ear Injury Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of an ear injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Do I need surgery?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- Will I need to be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for otitis externa?
- Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?
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