Doctor suggests re-thinking idea of using antibiotic ear drops first

02/3/2004 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

While there has been a shift in treating some ear infections from oral antibiotics to antibiotic ear drops over the past few years, one specialist said he has found a "tremendous increase" in fungal and resistant staph infections in children's ear canals. The doctor looked at infected ear cultures of children from two different time periods, when different antibiotic treatments were preferred, and noticed the difference. Some doctors noted the ear drops may be given incorrectly, leading to antibiotic resistance similar to that seen with oral drugs.

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