Inflammation of the ears is accompanied by unpleasant manifestations and greatly reduces the quality of life. If you do not start treatment on time, there is a risk of adverse health effects. That's why doctors choose complex therapy for fighting otitis. One of the most popular drugs is boric alcohol. However, it can only be used for the purpose of an ENT doctor.
Boric Alcohol, Solution Characteristics
Boric alcohol is usually prescribed for otitis therapy as an adjunct to other drugs and procedures. This drug is now considered obsolete, because there are many more effective drugs to combat inflammation in the ears.
However, many people continue to use boric alcohol because of its availability and effectiveness against pathogenic microorganisms. However, before using the drug, you need to understand the terms. Many people confuse boric alcohol with acid.
In fact, boric acid is a white powder that does not dissolve in water. Alcohol with the same name is a mixture of boric acid with 70% ethyl alcohol. It is this substance that is used to treat otitis.
For treatment of the ears, a 3% solution of boric acid is usually used. It is this tool called boric alcohol. This substance is suitable for topical use only.
Boronic acid and 70% ethyl alcohol are always present in its composition. For sale, you can find various products with a concentration of 0.5 to 5%. The drug is produced in glass bottles. They can have a volume of 10 or 20 ml.
The healing characteristics of boric alcohol are determined by its composition:
- Boric acid is considered an effective antiseptic, which copes well with bacteria and fungi.
- Ethyl alcohol - produces a warming effect and improves blood circulation in the affected area. Due to this, it is possible to quickly cope with inflammation.
To prevent negative consequences, it is very important to use boron alcohol correctly.
This drug has an antiseptic effect on the affected area. With its help, it is possible to defeat pathogenic microorganisms - bacteria and fungi.
In addition, boric alcohol has warming properties, normalizes metabolic processes and circulation, so it is often used for compresses. Thanks to its use it is possible to eliminate puffiness and inflammation. The main indications for the use of this tool include the following:
- stuffiness of the ears against the background of hypothermia, wind or catarrhal pathologies;
- development of the external form of diffuse otitis;
- otitis media, which is not accompanied by perforation of the membrane;
- furuncle of auditory aperture;
- is an inflammation in the ear region.
Advantages and disadvantages of
In order to make the right choice of a medicine, you need to analyze the pros and cons. The main advantages of the medicine include:
- availability of the product - it can be bought at every pharmacy at a low cost;
- simplicity and ease of use;
- height performance.
However, the drug also has certain drawbacks:
- risk of allergic reactions;
- inability to use perforation of the tympanic membrane;
- availability of contraindications.
Dosage, how to properly dilute
To cope with otitis, you need to use 3% boric alcohol. To do this, it is necessary to heat the product, holding it for several minutes in the hand. At the preparation stage, you should always clean the ears with a cotton swab.
If otitis is accompanied by a build-up of sulfur, 3% hydrogen peroxide should be used. To do this, just a few drops of the drug in the ear canal, leave it for a couple of minutes, then tilt the head. Because of this, sulfur will flow out. Then you can wipe your ear dry.
To use the substance, it is enough to introduce 3 drops of the agent into each ear. This should be done 2-3 times a day. Use of the drug for more than a week is prohibited. If treatment does not give the desired results, the ENT will select other means.
To use boric alcohol, lie on one side and insert the drug. In this position the patient should remain for 10-15 minutes. Then you need to turn to the other side and perform similar manipulations with the second ear.
The drug can not be used in such situations:
- impaired renal and hepatic function;
- individual intolerance;
- age under 3 years.
Consequences of misuse of
There are a lot of side effects in the instructions for the drug. Boric alcohol can provoke such conditions:
- rash on the skin;
- state of shock;
- intoxication - manifested in the form of nausea, diarrhea, vomiting.
If the drug is ingested, symptoms of poisoning occur. A person may experience nausea and vomiting, stool disorders, problems in the functioning of the kidneys and liver. Accidental use of the medicine may lead to more serious consequences. They include collapse, shock and even death. If a person develops symptoms of acute intoxication, blood transfusion or hemodialysis is performed.
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Boric alcohol is widely regarded as a very effective substance that helps to cope with inflammation in the ears. In this case, this drug has many side effects and contraindications. Therefore, if there is pain in the ears, you should first of all contact LOR, who will select an adequate treatment.