Ciprodex Swimmers Ear
A healthcare provider may prescribe Ciprodex® (ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone) to treat a particular ear infection commonly called "swimmer's ear." Ciprodex is approved for treating swimmer's ear (medically known as otitis externa) in both adults and children as young as six months old.
Swimmer's ear often results from excessive water exposure to the ear. When water enters the ear canal, it softens the skin in the ear, allowing bacteria to collect and more easily penetrate the skin.
Ciprodex comes in the form of ear drops and is typically used twice daily for seven days. It contains a combination of ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic used to kill the bacterial infection, and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid medication that helps reduce inflammation.
(To learn more about how these drops are used to treat swimmer's ear, click Ciprodex. Other topics discussed in this article include how to take your dosage correctly, how the ear drops work, and why they may not be the best choice for everyone.)