How to Use Gentisone HC Ear Drops

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How to Use Gentisone HC Ear Drops
Ear infections can be very painful. (ear image by cico from Fotolia.com)

Gentisone HC is a sterile solution of Gentimicin and hydrocortisone. Gentamicin is a common antibiotic. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory. When combined, these create a powerful solution to help treat ear infections. Pain, redness, itching and swelling are common signs of ear infection. Gentisone HC is prescribed by a health care professional and is easy to apply.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Soap

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

  2. 2

    Clean the outer portion of your ear with soap and warm water. Dry the area with a towel.

  3. 3

    Remove the cap from the top of the bottle. Be careful not to touch the applicator.

  4. 4

    Tilt your head, so the infected ear is facing upward. Leaning over a sink will catch any excess solution.

  5. 5

    Lift the bottle over your ear and turn it upside-down. Do not insert the tip directly into the ear canal.

  6. 6

    Squeeze the bottle until two or three drops enter the ear canal. Continue to hold your head in position for two minutes.

  7. 7

    Lift your head slowly. A small amount of solution may leak from your ear. Wipe any excess solution off of your ear and face.

  8. 8

    Replace the cap and store the medication in a cool, dry place. Throw away any solution remaining in the bottle, at the end of your treatment period.

Tips and warnings

  • The medication is for external use only.
  • Do not use this medicine, if you have a perforated ear drum.

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