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You can buy some topical corticosteroids "over-the-counter" without a prescription. For example, for dermatitis, you can buy the steroid cream called hydrocortisone 1% from your pharmacy. Do not apply this to your face unless your doctor has told you to do so. This is because it may trigger a skin condition affecting the face ( acne or rosacea. ) Long-term use may also damage the skin. On your face this would be more noticeable than the rest of your body. So usually only weak steroids are used on the face. Those which are suitable are prescription-only.
If you have had an ear infection with discharge for a while, you may find that you don’t hear as well as you did before. If the infection isn’t treated, your hearing might get worse.
If your child has a long-term ear infection, it could cause hearing difficulties and other problems. And if a child can’t hear properly during the first three years of life, it’s harder for the child to learn to speak and understand language. This can lead to problems at school.
There’s also a slight risk of more serious problems if you don’t get treatment. These conditions are rare. They include infection of the large bone behind your ear (mastoiditis) and extra skin growing in your ear (cholesteatoma). These can be treated with antibiotics or an operation. There is also a very slight risk of an ear infection spreading into your brain and causing meningitis or a brain abscess.