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What to do if you have fluid in your ear

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
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 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 31-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.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Inner ear involvment: Middle ear fluid is the result of a negative pressure int the middle ear space secondary to obstruction of the eustachian tube (tube that connects bac... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Some: Tympanometry testing can tell if there is fluid in the middle ear, which can cause dizziness. The inner ear, however, is a little more involved to tes... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Ear wax?: You may have a blockage due to ear wax accumulation. A physician can check this and either remove it themselves or recommend you further.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Several things: If your symptoms have been this intense for this long, you need to have your doctor examine you in person.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Nope : There is no medicine to "clear up" middle ear fluid. Decongestants and antihistamines have been studied and do not speed the resolution of middle ea... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Middle ear pressure.: When middle ear fluid is resolved, the hearing has improved to your former state. A measurement of middle ear pressure, a so called tympanogram can b... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Audrey Rogers
Pediatrics 35 years experience
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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