Antibiotic gel shows positive results for otitis media

A single-application bioengineered gel, squirted in the ear canal, could deliver a full course of antibiotic therapy for paediatric middle ear infection, a preclinical study finds.

While the RACGP argues that antibiotics are not needed for the vast majority of children with otitis media, for hard-to-treat cases the gel offers a safer and easier solution, its makers claim.

"With oral antibiotics, you have to treat the entire body repeatedly just to get to the middle ear,