Medicines used for inflammation and infections of the ear canal

LOTRIMIN Solution 1%

Active ingredient: clotrimazole.

This product is used to treat fungal infections of the external ear canal, as known as swimmer’s ear. It is a non-prescription drop which is generally found in the pharmacy isle with athlete’s foot products.

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Some medical conditions may interact with Lotrimin AF Solution.

Check with your doctors or pharmacist when:

  • pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding  (It is unknown if it is excreted in breast milk) 
  • taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.   Do not take Seldane (terfenadine) or Hismanal (astemizole) while taking this medicine.
  • have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.

Check with your doctor if you experience reddening, blistering, peeling, itching or burning of your skin while using this medicine. Because little, if any, of Lotrimin AF Solution is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

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This medication is used to treat eczema of the outer ear (also known as chronic itchy ear). The main symptom is itchiness, but redness, flaking, or oozing may also occur. Fluocinolone reduces these symptoms. This medication is a low- to medium-strength corticosteroid.

How to use DermOtic Oil Otic:
To apply ear drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your ear or any other surface. Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear upward. Hold the dropper directly over the ear, and place the prescribed number of drops into the ear canal, usually twice a day or as directed by your doctor. To help the drops roll into the ear of an adult, pull the ear back and forth or press repeatedly on the cartilage flap at the entrance of the ear canal. Keep the head tilted for about 10 minutes. Then insert a soft cotton plug to catch the liquid as you roll your head to the opposite side. Repeat the same routine. Avoid getting this medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.

Does DermOtic Oil Otic have any side effects?

Stinging, burning, irritation, dryness, or redness at the application site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, stop the medication and inform our office. Serious side-effects are rare.

What should I know before taking DermOtic Oil Otic?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to fluconcolone or other corticosteroids (hydrocortisone, prednisone) or to peanuts.

Note: It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Pred Forte (generic name: 1% Prednisolone acetate)

Prednisolone acetate is available by prescription as 1% sterile eye drops.  This corticosteroid is used to inhibit inflammation and, therefore, swelling and pain. 

This medication is used primarily for chronically itchy ears. Itchy ears are a sign of a chronic dermatitis, such as  psoriasis or eczema, of the ear canal skin.

Avoid if you have an ear infection, a ventilation tube or a perforated ear drum.

Follow the recommendations for DermOtic Oil Otic.

Comments: Store at or below 25°C.  Protect from freezing.  Shake well before using.

EarPlanes for adults and children

Available in local pharmacies and at company website ( and other discount websites.



The Sahara Dry Ear rechargeable ear dryer is a highly sophisticated device with a computer chip, heater and fan that regulate airflow automatically. The airflow runs for about a minute at a comfortable temperature and dries the outer ear canal. Drying your ears has never been simpler or more effective.

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To use the Sahara DryEar, first read the instruction pamphlet that came with your DryEar unit. After that, the basic steps are as follows:

  1. Fully dry your ears with a towel
  2. Open the DryEar until fully extended
  3. Insert personal color-coded earpiece (if necessary)
  4. Push start button to begin drying cycle
  5. Place DryEar gently into ear canal (No need to push into ear, comfortably seat on outside of entrance to ear canal)
  6. Hold DryEar in place until drying cycle ends
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 in your other ear.
  8. If either of your ears do not feel completely dry, it is entirely safe to run additional cycles in both ears
  9. When finished it is a good idea to remove your reusable ear piece and clean it with warm soapy water or rubbing alcohol
  10. Fold the DryEar in half and store until next use

The ear dryer runs for an 80 second cycle and then shuts off automatically. You can tell it’s working as you feel the cooling evaporative effect. If you feel your ears are dry sooner, you can just press the power button again to turn it off. The DryEar ear dryer can be used for over 50 cycles before requiring a charge.

DryEar Warnings
Keep out of reach of children. Choking Hazard: Colored ear pieces are small. Keep out of reach of children under 3-years. Ask a doctor before use if you have: Ear drainage, pain, irritation or rash in the ear, dizziness or head surgery. Not designed to treat middle or inner ear infections. Consult your physician.


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