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What can be done to help drain my ear with an ear infection

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Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Middle ear effusion : If you have fluid in the middle ear, we call that an effusion. This will cause congestion, pressure, and trouble hearing. You can take decongestants, ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes and NO: Generally means your ear drum has ruptured. Usually means that infection will resolve, but also means you have damaged your ear drum. Good news is t ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Otitis media: Perforation of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) can occur with middle ear infection. This is not uncommon, and once the infection has been treated the ... Read More
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Dr. Russell Faust
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not necessarily: 2 conditions can result in "fluid" draining from a baby's ear(s): the first is an infection in the ear canal ("otitis externa"); the second is an infe ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: See your pediatrician immediately. Heavy drainage suggests a ruptured ear drum. He needs antibiotic treatment and evaluation by an expert.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Serous otitis: Fluid may be left in the ear as a remnant of an ear infection.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
47 years experience Pediatrics
Ear drainage : Please see your Dr. ASAP. Feel better.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes and No: It is not normal because it doesn't happen with every ear infection, but it is not unexpected. It is most likely that the ear infection has created a ... Read More
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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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dominick Barone
Specializes in Pediatrics
"best" is variable: Some may same...Best is to allow your body to clear the infection without intervention by medicines....Most will resolve on their own just as quickly ... Read More

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