About four weeks ago I was diagnosed with strep throat, put on Z-pak which did not clear it up and then put on Clindamycin
(I'm allergic to penicillin
) for 10 days. A couple days into the strep throat treatment, by left ear closed off and I went to an ENT was told my ear was infected and Eustachian tube blocked and was told to use Afrin and Flonase nasal sprays as well as to finish the Clindamycin. About of week and a half later my ear began to open up and I was able to hear again. For the next two weeks my hearing improved to almost normal and then a few days ago my left ear began to itch and felt like there was extra wax and/or fluid in it, so I tried to carefully use a Q-tip on the outer portion of the ear. I felt some swelling and what felt like maybe a small bump inside my ear and it felt irritated. When I woke up the next morning, my ear was in pain, swollen shut (cannot hear at all from it) and there was a small amount of clear thick liquid that oozed from it for awhile. The next day (yesterday) I went to a different ENT. He tried to suction out some of the gunk inside, but said it was too swollen shut to get it all. He said I appeared to have an outer ear infection and put a cotton wick inside to help open the canal and prescribed Ciprodex drops (4 drops 3 times a day for 10 days). I have a few questions:
1. Does this diagnosis sound correct?
2. How dangerous is this in regard to possible permanent hearing loss if at all?
3. How long will it typically take for swelling to go down and for me to be able to hear again (hearing is 99-100% gone in that ear right now)?
4. Are there any dangers (mainly with hearing damage) with using the Ciprodex as some internet sites seem to suggest?
5. Is something like Burow's Solution a better choice to use instead of the Ciprodex (either because it's safer or because it helps both bacterial and fungal issues)? And is it possible and safe to use the Burow's Solution ALONG WITH the Cirpodex I am currently using if I was to purchase some?
Thank you in advance for your information.