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March 1948

TREATMENT OF OTITIS EXTERNA WITH SULFANILAMIDE OINTMENT

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
From the Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(3):336. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030356008
Abstract

WHILE stationed with the Armed Forces in India, I had occasion to treat a large number of infected external auditory canals. That country was extremely hot, humid and dusty, which increased the severity and the prevalence of all infections of the skin and made their control of major importance and at the same time more difficult of achievement. After all the usual methods of treatment had been tried, with disappointing results, a new method was found which yielded the quickest and most lasting results. This consisted in scrupulous cleansing of the canal with cotton-tipped applicators dipped in hydrogen peroxide, then thorough drying of the canal with cotton applicators and liberal application of 5 per cent sulfanilamide ointment, all surfaces of the canal and drum being covered with this. Pain, which was commonly present, generally subsided after the first treatment. In nearly all cases, itching and all signs of irritation were

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