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felixchez posted:
Dear Doctor,

I was diagnosed with swimmers ear recently and was prescribed Cipro HC (3 drops/2x daily); the infection seems to be clearing up but my ear canal still feel clogged or stopped up. Doc told me I have a ear in my hole? It''s driving me crazy that I cannot seem to get right ear cleared up; it feels as if it's clogged, swollen or somewhat numb-like;
I keep trying to open mouth wide in order to pop it?

I also suffer from itchy ear syndrome as well as from outdoor allergies
Do I need to go back to the ENT?

Regards
Felixchaz
Atlanta
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Cipro HC is an antibiotic steroid drop -- one of the few that is approved when (or if) you may have a hole in your eardrum. Cipro is used for otitis externa - an itchy and painful condition in the ear canal, or a middle ear infection if you do have a hole (rupture) in the ear canal or have surgical tubes in place.

Many people with allergies have problems with "stuffy ears" that will not pop. This is often due to dysfunctional Eustachian tubes -- perhaps compromised by allergic swelling of the tissue around these tiny tubes. This is a more difficult condtion to treat.

If your ENTs treatment is not helping, your best bet is to see the ENT again.


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