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Otitis Externa

Suggested Pre-Referral Evaluation and Management Guidelines
1) Vinegar-water irrigation by patient daily, for one week, unless ear canal is acutely inflamed and/or swollen shut.

Mix one ounce of warm tap water with one ounce of household white vinegar. It is best if the mixture is close to body temperature to prevent dizziness. Fill the syringe with the vinegar-water mixture and gently irrigate your ear. Use up the whole mixture each time - it usually fills the syringe 5-6 times. Do this over the sink or before your shower.
2) Consider non-ototoxic otic drops, e.g. Floxin, Ciprodex.
Suggested Additional Test/Management Prior to Specialty Visit Audiogram to be scheduled at UMHS (outside testing not accepted).
Patient Education/Information (includes preps) Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear)
Appointment Timeframe 2 weeks - if needed
24 hours if canal is closed
How to Get Results to Consultant UMHS Patients: See MiChart.
External Patient: Hand carry Non-UM records and films to visit.
Clinic Contact Information Physicians: 800-962-3555
Patients: 734-936-8051
Clinic Location Sites Taubman Healthcare Center
UM Consulting Physician Otolaryngology Neurotology Faculty:
H. Alexander Arts, M.D.
Hussam K. El-Kashlan, M.D.
Katherine Do Heidenreich, M.D.
Syed Rizvi, M.D.
Steven A. Telian, M.D.
Revised on: 01/23/2015



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