Audiologist Questions Ear drops

Is it possible to get ear drops over the counter?

My son has an outer ear infection and I'm trying to find a way to treat it at home because we're away on vacation and he can't see his doctor. Are there any ear drops we could get from that are over-the-counter?

4 Answers

We wouldn’t recommend any OTC drops, however, you can use child-formula Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin to help alleviate the pain. Anything more than that, please call your pediatrician for advice.
Unfortunately, there are no antibiotic ear drops that are over the counter. You will need to go to an Urgent Care. In the meantime, keep the ear dry. Sometimes a heating pad is helpful.
You can dilute vinegar half-and-half with distilled water and use those as drops until you get home.

Hmm, I'm not sure about that, as I'm not a physician. It depends on the kind of infection. If it's bacterial, you'd obviously need antibiotics, which you cannot get over the counter. If it's fungal, there may be some over the counter options. You could ask a pharmacist at Walgreens, CVS or Rite Aid or any other local pharmacy at your vacation location. You could also go to an urgent care, and if they don't accept your insurance, you can pay out of pocket for the visit. It's usually somewhere around $125.