acetic acid (otic) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before using acetic acid (Acetasol)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to acetic acid, or if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).
Before using acetic acid, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have severe ear pain, fever, or hearing problems. You may not be able to use acetic acid.
This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Before using any medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use acetic acid ear drops in a child younger than 3 years old.
How should I use acetic acid (Acetasol)?
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
For best results, remove any ear wax or other debris before using acetic acid ear drops. Ask your doctor about safe methods of ear wax removal.
Acetic acid ear drops can be applied directly into the ear, or using a cotton wick. You can make a cotton wick by using a small piece of a cotton ball.
It is best to use the ear drops with a cotton wick because it will keep the medication in constant contact with the skin inside your ear.
You may soak the wick with the ear drops and then insert it into your ear. You may also insert the wick into the ear first and then drop in enough acetic acid to make the wick moist inside the ear canal.
Keep the cotton wick in place for at least 24 hours, and keep it moist by applying 3 to 5 drops of acetic acid placed into the affected ear every 4 to 6 hours.
After removing the wick, you may then use the ear drops directly in your ear without a wick. The usual dose is 5 drops of acetic acid used 3 or 4 times daily. Follow your doctor's instructions about how long to keep using the ear drops.
Do not place the dropper tip into your ear, or allow the tip to touch any surface. It may become contaminated.
Wipe the dropper tip with a clean tissue. Do not wash the tip with water or soap.
Store acetic acid ear drops at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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