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ABSTRACTObjective: To compare the efficacy of naturopathic eardrops with amoxicillin in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media. Design: A randomized, double-blind design was used. Patients and Methods: Primary pediatric community clinics. Two hundred children aged 5 to 18 years with ear pain and clinical ear drum findings of acute otitis media were treated with naturopathic ear drops or oral amoxicillin. Ear pain was assessed over three days using a visual analog scale. The primary outcome measure was the reduction in mean score for pain, the secondary outcome measure was the presence of middle ear effusion on tympanometry during a 14-week follow-up. Results: Although a reduction in pain score was observed in both groups, it was significantly greater in the children treated with the naturopathic eardrops (p ‹ 0.0001). There was no statistically significant difference between the groups in the clinical resolution of acute otitis media or the presence of middle ear effusion (5% in both). Conclusions: The naturopathic eardrops solution used in the present study is at least as effective as amoxicillin in the treatment of middle ear effusion, and is significantly better for the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media.
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