This page was last updated: September 17, 2014
Picture of Ear Wick for Otitis Externa

Otolaryngology Houston

Bechara Y. Ghorayeb, MD
OTOLARYNGOLOGY - HEAD & NECK SURGERY
Memorial Hermann Professional Buildng
1140 Business Center Drive, Suite 560
Houston, Texas 77043
For appointments, call 713 464 2614
When the ear canal is swollen shut from otitis externa, eardrops cannot reach the inner portion of the canal.  Antibiotic eardrops are instilled on an ear wick that is inserted in the canal.  This wick absorbs the drops and keeps them in contact with the inflamed portion of the ear skin.
The ear wick is usually removed in 48 hours,  By that time, the ear canal swelling would have regressed and the eardrops are then instilled directly in the ear.