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i have a condition what i think is some kind of ear infection on the top side of my outer ear from time to time it feels sore and has a clear fluid that has astrong smell its not really painful but i am concerned that it is a reocccuring thing i put tripple antibiotic ointment and it seems to go away only to return in a week or so any ideas on what this might be and how to go about treating it
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Doctor: DrOAB, Doctor (MD) replied 8 years ago
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Since the skin does not appear to be healing despite the use of an antimicrobial salve, it is possible that you have developed a bacterial infection resistant to the over-the-counter-strength salve alone (in particular, I would suspect impetigo due to streptococcal and/or staphylococcal skin bacteria if you note a honey-colored crust).

If you note any spreading skin redness, marked swelling or tenderness to touch, white or yellow-green skin discharge (pus), or any fever (temperature at or above 100.4 F or 38 C), then please see a doctor promptly since oral antibiotics may be necessary.

If none of those 'red alert' symptoms apply, then you might try the following regimen 3-4 times per day for 1-2 days:

1. Clean the area with Hibiclens, an over-the-counter antimicrobial skin cleanser, then pat dry.
2. Apply a very warm washcloth to the area for 10 minutes.
3. Apply a layer of Polysporin or Neosporin over-the-counter antibiotic ointment (your triple salve is probably equivalent to Neosporin, so perhaps consider using Polysporin instead).

If after 1-2 days of this regimen the area has not improved or has worsened, see your primary care doctor. If the area does improve after 1-2 days of this regimen, then continue the regimen for a total of 7 days and reassess for improvement.

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Doctor: DrOAB, Doctor (MD) replied 8 years ago

Please give me an update after 24 hours if you follow the treatment regimen.

If you have a related follow-up question, feel free to ask.

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