Another tip on what to stick in a sore ear

IT seems that every second GP has their favourite substance to stick (carefully) into a sore ear.

Dr Barry Reid, from Ocean Grove in Victoria, favours hydrogen peroxide, available from the supermarket in 100ml bottles at 30mg/ml.

For otitis externa he uses it via a cut-off butterfly needle tubing on a syringe, to flush out debris.

The slight bubbling, he says, helps dislodge the slough, and it evaporates faster than water, thus avoiding the potential pitfall of treating swimmer’s ear with the stuff they swim in!

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