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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ostendorf
19 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Fluid or pus: ... In the middle ear. The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum seen when looking in the ear canal. They are very common in young children but ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Olds
31 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Bacterial and viral : Ear infections are more common in children due to their anatomy and predisposition for upper respiratory infections. When the eustachian tube fails t ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
No: These structures are not set up to permit such a treatment. The only point where the middle ear has an opening is buried in the back of your throat.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience in Hospital-based practice
Otitis media: If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus. If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
7 to 10 days: Most viral infections last 7 to 10 days. A middle ear effusion or fluid in the ear may persist much longer. Best to see your otolaryngologist.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Variable: The middle ear is the space behind the ear drum. Symptoms could include pain, pressure, hearing loss, drainage, dizziness, ringing noise. If suspected ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Taha Shipchandler
21 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes. I agree: It is possible to have a sensation of numbness while experiencing an ear infection based on the a nerve that determines taste, which passes through th ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience in Pediatrics
See below: It may take 48 to 72 hours for full benefit.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Possibly improving: Your question suggests that you have been seen and diagnosed with a middle ear infection. If so, now that you have noticed some popping, you may be re ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: These decongestants work well for some and generally will not interfere with your other treatment.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Levine
33 years experience in Pediatrics
Antibiotics: The usual treatment for middle ear infections--those with ear pain and findings on exam--is Amoxicillin as first choice. For those who have failed thi ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience in Pediatrics
Ear infection: Treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) will depend on age. Adults may not take antibiotics if the earache disappears in a few days. Childre ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cindy Williams
38 years experience in Pediatrics
Otitis media: Although ear infections can be viral and resolve on their own; they may also be bacterial and need antibiotics. If it's been present for more than 2 d ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Otitis media: Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angl ... Read More
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