Specialists have a good news for parents putting their children through pain when treating their ear infections with nasty medication. The new recommendation from doctors is an antibiotic gel, which will make parents’ job easier, and will relieve children’s pain. These are only two of the great advantages of this new treatment.
Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital tried to come up with an alternative to oral antibiotics used for treating ear infections. They thought about how unpleasant it is for both parents and children when it comes to dealing with such a situation. The scientists’ new study is based on preclinical trials, and the results have been recently published.
The specialists’ proposal is concerned with an antibiotic gel, which they assume that children will accept easier than pills and other bitter medication. Applying a gel is also a much simple task to complete for parents, which can use it for babies and toddlers, instead of forcing medication down their throats.
For the time being, the new antibiotic gel has been tested on animals. The team of researchers chose chinchillas for their experiments, as the animals’ ears have similar features to the human ears. However, they are satisfied with the formula and are very confident about the results with humans.
During their trials with the small rodents, scientists observed the efficiency of the antibiotic gel. According to the study, the alternative medicine reduced the infection in a week’s time.
Researchers say that there are more advantages about the antibiotic gel than just easy administration. Using this gel prevents children from developing immunity to antibiotics. Moreover, for the same reason, parents tend to stop their children’s medication sooner than recommended. However, by doing so, they give the infection the chance to develop again, perhaps even stronger than before.
Another result that the scientists intend to obtain with this antibiotic gel is reducing the side effects of regular antibiotics. This is a feature that they are still working on for the new medication. They hope that they will be able to apply it to humans as soon as possible.
The antibiotic gel is designed to treat middle ear infections, a condition also known as otitis media. The doctors aim for a new drug that should be administered directly to the middle ear, in one dose. They think that this will guarantee effectiveness and rapid recovery.
Further tests will be carried out so that doctors make sure that the new gel won’t have side effects. Specialists assure parents and patients that the antibiotic gel won’t be released until they are sure the formula is perfect.
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