Boric alcohol is a liquid consisting of 70% ethanol and boric acid dissolved in it, and the solution is of various concentrations. To relieve the inflammatory process in the ears, usually 3% composition is used.
The effect of boric alcohol is that it creates a warming effect and destroys the infection, which usually causes otitis. But, before starting treatment with this remedy, it is necessary to know for sure that ear pains are associated with otitis media, as well as at what stage the disease is. In no case should boric alcohol be used if there is damage to the eardrum or there is a discharge from the ears in the form of pus.
To avoid various negative consequences, you must first consult with a specialist. After examination, he will determine what caused the disease and whether in this particular case it is possible to drip boric alcohol into the ear. Instructions on the use of this tool is also important, because it is quite toxic and, if used improperly, can cause negative effects, accumulating in the tissues of the body. For the same reason, dripping boric alcohol in the ear to a child under 3 years of age is contraindicated. After all, the kidneys are responsible for removing toxins from the body, and in young children they are not yet sufficiently formed for this.
Boric alcohol: instructions for use
Before starting treatment with boric alcohol, it is necessary to thoroughly clean the auditory passages from the sulfur accumulated in them in order to increase the effectiveness of therapy. A well-proven agent for dissolving ear plugs is 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.
- Heat hydrogen peroxide to body temperature.
- Put 5-6 drops of the drug in each ear.
- Wait about 5 minutes while lying down.
- Tilting your head, let the peroxide flow out.
- Cotton swabs moistened with warm water, clean the ear canals of sulfur residues.
Before use, boric alcohol must also be heated in a water bath to approximately body temperature. During the inflammatory process in the ears, or if the ear does not make it necessary to bury them with cold drops - this can aggravate the disease and increase the painful sensations.
There are the following methods for the use of boric alcohol.
- A few drops (at least 3) of the heated substance are instilled with a pipette into the ear. At this time, the patient must lie on his side and remain after instillation in this position for a few minutes so that the drops can penetrate the ear canal. The second ear is processed in the same way. You need to spend it 2-4 times a day for 7-10 days.
- Thin flagella of cotton wool or cotton swabs (gauze) are moistened with boric alcohol and placed in the auditory passages, preferably overnight. This treatment is considered safer. It also needs to be carried out for 7-10 days.
A good result is provided by the alternation of these two methods, as well as their combination with additional heating of the ears (for example, using warm salt). If as a result of several procedures the pain disappeared, do not stop the treatment. After all, if the infection is not destroyed, the disease will soon return. But at the same time, if after 7-10 days there is no improvement in the condition, then you should not continue treatment with boric alcohol. You must consult with your doctor and change the way to fight infection.
How to drip boric alcohol in the child's ear?
Representatives of younger generation are subject to otitis much more, than adults. This is due to the peculiarities of the structure of the auricle and the nasal cavity: the infection gets into them and spreads much easier. Children older than 3 years of this drug is also prescribed as instillation. The dosage for this category of patients is slightly less and amounts to 2-4 drops. And for instillation it is necessary to use a glass pipette rounded at the end. Another “childish” way is to lay moistened flagella or tampons. The second method is considered preferable, since alcohol does not fall directly on the eardrum. It is necessary to treat children with this agent only after the diagnosis and prescription of a doctor.
It is necessary to understand that boric alcohol will not eliminate the root cause of otitis, but only destroy the infection that is directly in the ear, and warm it. If otitis is a consequence of a cold that has arisen, then, before starting treatment of the ears, it is necessary to get rid of the infection in the sinuses and in the throat, because these organs are directly connected with them. As long as an inflammatory process develops in neighboring organs, the infection will spread all the time into the auditory canals, provoking the development of otitis media.
- The period of pregnancy and lactation.
- Age up to 3 years.
- Use of the drug for more than 10 days.
- Individual intolerance.
- Diseases of the kidneys and liver.
If the drug is not suitable for a specific person or has been used for a long time, this may result in the following symptoms:
In the case of such manifestations, it is necessary to immediately stop the use of boric alcohol.
Boric alcohol in the ear is dripped only as a disinfectant and can not replace a complete treatment of otitis. Therefore, even if it has a positive effect and relieves pain, it must be combined with other methods of restoring health. In order to prevent the development or recurrence of the disease, complex treatment is necessary, including the elimination of infection throughout the body, as well as strengthening the immune system.