Otitis media is defined as an infection of the middle ear fluid. It is a spectrum of diseases that include acute otitis media (AOM), chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM), and acute otitis media with tympanostomy tubes (AOMT. Acute otitis media is the second most common paediatric diagnosis in the emergency department following upper respiratory infections. Although otitis media can occur at any age, it is most commonly seen between the ages of 6 to 24 months.

Studies indicate that an effective and safe treatment option for AOMT is the use of a topical fluoroquinolone with the addition of a corticosteroid [Image: Shutterstock].

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