Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital are working to design an antibiotic gel that could be squirted directly into the ear rather than a course of antibiotic treatment.
- Ear infections are quite common in children. 95% of children will suffer an ear infection before they turn 3.
- When parents administer the antibiotics for just a few days, then discontinue after symptoms are gone, children are prone to antibiotics resistance.
- This new antibiotic gel could be more effective in treating kids with ear infections.
Transtympanic delivery of antibiotics to the middle ear has the potential to enable children to benefit from the rapid antibacterial activity of antimicrobial agents without systemic exposure and could reduce emergence of resistant microbes.”
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
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