Otitis Externa

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Hello doc my name is rindi, I want to ask my doctor right now I am 6 weeks pregnant, my ear was initially itchy and became more painful after I struck a match. And feel full of my ears. After the consul I turned out to have otitis externa. I was recommended for ear otopain medicine as an ear drops. Then I asked the safety for pregnant women. Only the answer makes me doubt. So actually ear drops are safe for pregnant women or not docs? Do you have ear drops that are category A for the safety of pregnant women? Please answer the doc I feel the pain of his ears but I don’t want that to endanger my uterus🙏🏻

1 Answer:

Good evening Rindi, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your concern. For pregnant and lactating women, the categorization of safe drugs is indeed divided into categories A, B, C, D and X, where in a row category A is the safest, and the X is absolutely not to be given because it is certainly dangerous. While the category of them is usually because there is not enough evidence in pregnant women.


Regarding the drug you mentioned, it is indeed not category A, and so far it is indeed very difficult or even no ear drops with category A. But what you need to understand is because this is an ear drops and not a medication, the local effect is only on ear, and it can be said that nothing has entered the fetus as long as it is used as directed. In addition, as long as the category of medicine is not X, the medicine may still be used if there is no safer alternative. Because if your complaint is not treated then it gets worse, you might even have to take oral medication that has more widespread effects. So the doctor must have considered the pros and cons before prescribing the drug to you.


If you are still in doubt, then all you can do is seek a second opinion by consulting your problem with an ENT doctor at another hospital. You may take the medication that is prescribed to you. Also convey the condition of you who are pregnant. If the answers are the same, then that is indeed the best option you have. But if it's different, then you can choose which one you want to do. Meanwhile, avoid prying your ears using anything, and try not to get any water entering when bathing. So, hopefully answering your question.

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