Calming relief from outer ear infections. Ear ache is very uncomfortable, even when it’s mild. EarCalm® Spray is available without prescription for you to take as soon as you notice those first symptoms.

Calming relief from outer ear infections

Around 1 in 10 people get an outer ear infection at least once.* You’ll sometimes hear it called ‘swimmer’s ear’ because repeated exposure to water can make the ear canal more vulnerable to inflammation. EarCalm® is one of the only over the counter products indicated for ‘otitis externa’ available without prescription. Always read the package leaflet.

Treating infections, calming the itch

EarCalm® contains acetic acid, an antibacterial agent that targets the bacteria causing your infection. It’s very easy to use and has a metered dose pump spray. Simply spray it straight into your affected ear to help clear your symptoms.

Use EarCalm® carefully for best results:

  • First, shake the bottle well.
  • If you’ve just started using the bottle, or haven’t used it for over a week, press the pump a few times until you get a fine spray. It’s important not to point the nozzle at yourself or anyone else.
  • Place the nozzle gently into your ear.
  • Press the pump once to spray 1 dose.
  • Pump 1 dose into your affected ear at least 3 times a day. Leave at least 2 hours between doses.
  • Don’t worry if you forget to use EarCalm®. Use it as soon as you remember, then carry on as before.
  • Keep using EarCalm® until 2 days after your symptoms have gone.

If you don’t feel better after 7 days of treatment, speak to your GP.

Preventing outer ear infection

Outer ear infections are often very painful– especially when you touch or tug on your earlobe. Itching is common too. The skin in the ear canal is red and swollen, and sometimes also sheds skin flakes or oozes a liquid. The ear might then become blocked, making it difficult to hear properly.

The following tips can help to reduce your risk of having an outer ear infection:

  • Try to keep the inside of your ears dry by keeping shampoo and water out of your ears when you’re having a shower or a bath.
  • Dry your ears with a dry towel or hair dryer (on a low heat setting) afterwards.
  • Use ear plugs and/or a tight-fitting swimming cap when you go swimming, to prevent water getting in your ears.
  • Don’t use cotton buds or other objects to clean your ear canal.
  • If you have a build-up of earwax, see a doctor or nurse to check if you need to get it removed. Don’t try to do it yourself.

Medical Information

Our Medical Information Service can help with enquiries about this product, for example its appearance, whether you have questions about what it contains, the ingredients in it, or how it works.

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Customer Services

This product is available from retailers including: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Superdrug, Savers, Lloyds, Day Lewis, Leading Independent Pharmacies, Well Pharmacy, Rowlands Pharmacy.

For information about where you can buy this product, please contact our Customer Services department 

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Always read the package leaflet

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* NHS Scotland https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/ears-nose-and-throat/otitis-externa - Accessed August 2021

Date of preparation: September 2021
Reference: COB-GB-NP-00056