Management of otitis media

Catherine Birman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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• Acute otitis media (AOM) often does not need antibiotic treatment in the first 24 hours of symptoms. Analgesia should be provided. • Recurren AOM (three or more episodes of AOM within a six-month period) should be treated. • Otitis media with effusion (OME) present for at least three months and associated with conductive hearing loss should be treated. • Otitis media associated with damage to the drum or ossicles needs to be treated. • Biofilm is thought to be an aetiological factor in chronic OME.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalMedicine Today
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


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