When it comes to ear conditions, treatment might involve the use of ear drops. These ear disorders include swimmer’s ear, middle ear infections, excessive ear wax and ear pain. Regardless of what they are used for, ear drops will not work if not administered correctly.
When administering ear drops, it is at least a 2-person task. It is almost impossible to administer the drops on your own in the right angle. In addition, it is also difficult to use the drops on a hesitant child.
Considerations when using ear drops
Proper care must be observed when using ear drops on an individual who recently has ear surgery or has a ruptured ear drum. When it comes to a ruptured ear drum, it occurs once pressure or a pointed object is inserted in the ear. The indications of a ruptured ear drum include ear pain, drainage or a popping noise that is followed by cessation of pressure and pain. There is some drainage from the ear along with evident difference in the ability to hear after the ear drum ruptured.
What do you need?
- The ear drops used must be at room temperature. If it is in the wrong temperature, it can make the individual feel disoriented or dizzy.
- A towel should be placed beneath the head since some of the drops might come back out of the ear.
- A person to provide assistance.
Prior to the administration, carefully read the instructions and follow the instructions given by the doctor. Do not forget to check the expiration date. If it appears contaminated or expired, do not use the drops.
Administering eye drops to adults and teenagers
- The towel should be folded in half and lay it out on the floor. The individual should lie down on the side with the head on the towel with the affected ear up. If you are providing the drops, you have to kneel or sit beside him/her.
- Gently pull the earlobe out and up to straighten out the auditory tube and place the required drops into the ear one at a time.
- Slowly push the ear flap or if instructed by the doctor to do so, place a cotton ball in the ear to plug it.
- The individual receiving the drops must stay in this position for several minutes after the drops are administered so that it can coat the ear canal.
- If both ears require the medication, the individual should lie down on the opposite side and the process is repeated.