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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Fungal Middle Ear Infection... Again
Honestly, we can't win for losing sometimes! Poor Nolan's cultures came back on Friday evening, and the culture showed bacterial and fungal growth. A mold is growing in his middle ear space, so he will have to start anti-fungal drops. Our ENT called the prescription in to the local pharmacy, but the local pharmacy had no idea why Lotrimin would be prescribed for the ear.
We have been through this before, back in August of 2010. Fortunately, I haven't switched pharmacies so the pharmacist was able to look up Nolan's old record. She wasn't sure if it had to be compounded or was readily available. It is a 1% solution for topical application, and she was able to find the information in their database. She still has to call the ENT on Monday to verify the concentration, since the prescription didn't state the exact percentage.
In the meantime, the Ciprodex drops are excruciatingly painful. So painful that I don't know if we can continue with them. I have to call the ENT's office on Monday morning (the PA on the emergency line will simply tell me to continue with them, and they have no idea of the level of pain I am describing). He is in agony for 2 hours or so.
I think this is partly due to the fungal infection, and mostly due to the steroid and liquid irritating and extremely inflamed middle ear. I need to find out if there are numbing drops we can give to ameliorate the pain.
In any case, the last time he had a fungal middle ear infection, it led to an 8 week long infection that was very difficult to cure, and then he needed new tubes at the end of it.
I hope we get the Lotrimin suspension on Monday and can get rid of this infection as quickly as possible. The pain and the frustration with fungal infections are just horrible.