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what to do if you have fluid in your ear

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
14 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See an ENT doctor.: An ENT doctor can examine the ear, and often will have an audiologist measure your hearing and ear pressures as part of the workup. This will determi ... Read More

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Fluid: Best to see ENT to verify
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
It does naturally: Most of these are a reaction to a cold or allergies which will trigger swelling of the Eustachian tube that drains natural mucus from the middle ear. ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hearing loss: Hearing loss and a feeling of pressure in the ear are the symptoms of middle ear fluid. Pain is rare unless it is infected.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience Family Medicine
Swimmer's ear drops: Over the counter swimmer's ear drops are safe and effective unless you have a hole in your eardrum or tubes in the ears.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Infection: Shower or pool water - probably nothing, maybe infection. River, lake, ocean - definitely infection.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: It can be completely benign, produce ear pain transiently, or perforate your ear drum. It depends on the force of air received at your er drum.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Get treated: Must middle ear problems affect both ears. Treastment will resolve both ears. See ENT doc.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Need an exam: To know if there is fluid behind the eardrum. There are objective tests to test too. Fluid usually causes hearing loss not ringing, sensorineural hear ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Fluid retention: Fluid retention causes swelling that increases with gravitation (eg leg swelling after standing for long period of time). It is symmetric and dimples ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
34 years experience Neurology
Depends: Technically you have many holes in your head, as spaces where important structures enter your brain. If a hole does not penetrate the dura, the linin ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Eustachian tube: With a cold, your nasal passages swell. This can render the eustachian tube less functional. This necessitates greater pressure difference between you ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hysterosalpingogram: You can have an x-ray called an hsg. Dye is injected into the uterus and then an x-ray is taken. This allows the uterus and tubes to be visualized.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Miscarriage: You can't! If you are in the process of miscarriage you MUST see your Gynecologist. Please don't delay!
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See your doctor: An exam by your primary care doctor should be able to tell if not you can be referred for other testing.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If you have engaged: In oral sex and are concerned about pharyngitis - please get evaluated for an std. Some std's can be silent.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
27 years experience Family Medicine
See an eye doctor: Most oftentimes, floaters are a benign condition, that is, not concerning or dangerous. However, there are several serious, treatable conditions to b ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Heat and pain meds: Ear ache by itself does not necessarily mean that you have an ear problem. The use of heat and analgesics will help. However, the important question ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Gasseling
47 years experience Pediatrics
Pain and fever: mild ear discomfort usually will go away on its own, however if severe pain that interfers with work or sleep, fever or pus like drainage from ear, th ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Suffocate the bug: If this did happen, i would get some baby oil, fill up the canal & plug it with cotton & ignore it for a while. You can replace the oil several times ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
38 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Hair dryer: If you're in a cast or splint using a hair dryer on a cool setting to blow cool air in the cast can help. Sometimes an antihistamine like Benadryl (di ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Carlin
49 years experience Ophthalmology
Wash it out: the best thing tondo is wash the eye out ASAP! This will remove the chemical including and solid material and will neutralize it's effect. Prompt tr ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas
50 years experience Orthodontics
Dental Examination : Have your dentist examine you and take x-rays. If you wait until the cavities turn into toothaches, you may very well need additional expensive and ti ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Eye Nerves, Muscles: Trapped muscles of the eye can cause crossed eyes which need to be evaluated by an eyemd. The key nerve inside the eye is the optic nerve which can be ... Read More

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