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How to Use Ear Drops Properly

(Having someone else give you the ear drops may make this procedure easier.)

1Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
2Gently clean your ear with a damp facecloth and then dry your ear.
3 Warm the drops to near body temperature by holding the container in the palm of your hand for a few minutes. Warm the drops to near body temperature by holding the container in the palm of your hand for a few minutes.
4 If the drops are a cloudy suspension, shake the bottle well for 10 seconds.
5 Check the dropper tip to make sure that it is not chipped or cracked.
6 Draw the medication into the dropper, or hold the dropper-top bottle with the dropper tip down.

7Tilt the affected ear up or lie on your side. Pull the ear backward and upward (or if giving
to a child younger than 3 years of age, pull backward and downward) to open
the ear canal.

Tilt the affected ear up or lie on your side. Pull the ear backward and upward (or if giving to a child younger than 3 years of age, pull backward and downward) to open the ear canal.

8 Place the correct number of drops in your ear. Gently press on the small skin flap over the ear to help the drops to run into the ear canal

9a. Place the correct number of drops in your ear. 9b. Gently press on the small skin flap over the ear to help the drops to run into the ear canal.

9 Keep your ear tilted up for a few minutes or insert a soft cotton plug in your ear, whichever method has been recommended by your pharmacist or doctor. Keep your ear tilted up for a few minutes or insert a soft cotton plug in your ear, whichever method has been recommended by your pharmacist or doctor.
10    Replace and tighten the cap or dropper right away.
11    Wash your hands to remove any medication. Wash your hands to remove any medication.

 

Remember

  • Follow directions carefully
  • Do not miss doses
  • Store medications out of reach of children

 

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