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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
SUPPURATIVE O.M.: Careful with this kind of ear infection. It can cause meningitis if untreated.

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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh
19 years experience Interventional Radiology
Not usually: Prolapse of an artery into the middle ear is, by itself, unlikely to cause fluid accumulation. Inner ear fluid is most often related to infection or i ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
You have: Just described eustachian tube dysfunction fairly well. If otc antihistamines and decongestants, and smoking cessation don't improve your symptoms wi ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Selz
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
MRSA: MRSA can only be diagnosed by a culture. It sounds like an infected cyst. You should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Paulhus
26 years experience Pediatrics
Age matters : I'm a pediatrician, but hope i can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or di ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Homa Mahdavi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Pain, hearing issue: In acute otitis there is pain, decrease hearing in kids fever, vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. In chronic form it decrease in hearing might be ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Possible: The ear infection itself could also cause temporary tinnitus. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: But it indicates you probably have a hole in your ear drum. Mucus type fluid can accumulate in your middle ear.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: A base-of-the-skull fracture can infamously cause a runny ear. That it is spinal fluid can be confirmed by any clever physician who thinks to test it ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing).
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
Muscle spasm: is much more likely. Not dangerous, just feels strange. Stapedius is the muscle that is in spasm.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
ENT consultation: If you year is blocked, you can not differentiate between impacted wax and middle ear fluid. The treatments are entirely different and you need a spe ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Inner ear: Usually tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, or damage to the inner ear. Wax in the ear canal can make tinnitus or ringing seem louder because you d ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
OTC vs ENT doc: Try OTC products to rinse out ear wax. If unsuccessful, see ENT for removal.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringi ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jed Kwartler
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tympanoplasty : If you have a hole and recurring drainage a hearing aid will probably make that worse and the hearing will be getting blocked up by the drainage. Actu ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: Ear wax would not affect Eustachian tube function in either ear. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk an ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: It may well do this.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes it can: Need to plug your ear on the perforated side till seen by ENT, to decide whether surgery is needed to graft the drum, wax plugs sre available, differe ... Read More
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Otalgia: 1. Ear tubes; 2. Nasal or oral decongestant; 3. Nasal steroid with a likely oral antihistamine and even consider singulair (montelukast).
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Negative pressure : In order for the ear to work properly air from the outside of the ear drum has to be balanced by air on the inside of the eardrum. In an intact ear dr ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not likely: It is virtually impossible to demonstrate fluid in the eustachian tube clinically or even radiologically. Eustachian tube obstruction leads to negati ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Audrey Rogers
34 years experience Pediatrics
Clear fluid unseen: Middle ear fluid can sometimes be clear, like water and is difficult to see with an otoscope behind the ear drum. Using an instrument called a tympan ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
27 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: In children, persistent fluid in the middle ear can resolve at any time after an infection; however, the longer it persists, the lower the odds that i ... Read More

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