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Can a chemist dispense antibiotic ear drops over the counter?

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SleepyKat Wed 25-Sep-19 21:19:35

I’ve got definite swimmer’s ear and the pain/swelling has come on suddenly and am in agony. Can’t get to a Dr until Friday. I’ve had it before and needed antibiotic ear drops last time. Just wondering if it’s worth going to a chemist tomorrow?

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Queenoftheashes Wed 25-Sep-19 21:49:50

I’m in the same boat and pretty sure it’s got to be a gp annoyingly

SleepyKat Wed 25-Sep-19 22:20:42

That’s a shame. Will have to wait till Friday then. Thanks.

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concernedforthefuture Thu 26-Sep-19 08:14:41

Check with your local pharmacy as some can offer ear-drops on the NHS minor ailments scheme (everywhere in Scotland / NI and selected places in England and Wales):

anywinewilldonow Thu 26-Sep-19 12:54:49

I think that the best thing you can get without a prescription is Earcalm. It does have antibiotic and anti fungal properties (acetic acid), so is recommended for minor infections. You could start using that whilst you wait to see GP?

JenniR29 Fri 27-Sep-19 06:02:07

No they can’t. Any suspected ear infection needs to be seen by the GP, antibiotic ear drops are prescription only.

redchocolatebutton Fri 27-Sep-19 06:03:32

don't put anything into your ear without a dr having a look.

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