A 60-year-old man has presented to his nurse practitioner because of an earache that has become progressively more painful in recent days. After giving his history and having an examination with an otoscope, the man has been diagnosed with otitis externa. Which of the nurse practitioner’s following statements to the man is most accurate?
“You’ll need to avoid getting any water in your ear until you finish your course of antibiotic pills.”
“I’m going to instill some warm water into your ear to flush out debris and bacteria.”
“I’ll prescribe some ear drops for you, and in the meantime it’s important not to use ear swabs.”
“This likely happened because your ears aren’t draining like they should, but antibiotics that you’ll put in your ears will resolve this.”

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