Treatment for otitis externa and otitis media usually involves outpatient care, unless the inflammation or infection has moved into the inner ear. In most cases of otitis externa, a topical therapy following a complete cleansing of the external ear is an effective resolution to the problem.
The topical therapy may consist of antibacterial, corticosteroid, anti-yeast, and antiseptic drops. In severe cases of otitis externa and otitis media -- where the presence of infectious organisms has been confirmed -- oral antibiotics and antifungals may be prescribed. Corticosteroids may also be used to reduce the animal's pain and swelling.
Living and Management
Follow-up treatments for otitis externa and otitis media involve repeat examinations of the ear discharge and control of any underlying diseases. You may be asked to routinely cleanse the dog's ear to prevent a recurrence. With the proper therapy, most cases of otitis externa will resolve within three to four weeks, whereas otitis media takes a considerably longer amount of time to treat it, and up up to six weeks to be resolved.
If these conditions persist over long periods of time, and are not treated, they may lead to deafness, facial nerve paralysis, otitis interna, and (rarely) meningoencephalitis.
Inflammation of the external parts of the ear
A medical condition in which the ear becomes inflamed
Inflammation of the inner part of the ear
A type of fungus that produces buds
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body
The outside layer of the skin
Any drug that kills organisms in an animal's tissue or prevents the growth of more.
Referring to the ear.
Loss of hearing in whole or in part.
The skin; also referred to as the corium
Used to refer to any drug or medical substance that has the ability to slow down or stop the growth of bacteria and other such organisms.