Zacharius is a 14-year-old male patient who has just returned from a week at summer camp. When his mother sees him, he is in obvious pain and points at his ear. The ear canal appears swollen and red. The mother takes him to the emergency. Otitis externa is diagnosed, and Zacharius is given a prescription for neomycin polymixin B hydrocortisone (Spor-HC Otic Suspension®).
What patient instruction will the nurse provide Zacharius and
his mother regarding the application of the Cortisporin®
Zacharias asks the nurse when he will feel better and be able to
start swimming again. How will the nurse respond?