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A 45-year-old member asked:

could recurring otitis media be cured ?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Recurrent otitis: Talk to a ear doctor about tympanostomy tubes to help you.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: I wonder if infant experiences simply a recurring or frequent ear infection or if infant carries a persistent middle ear effusion between the bouts of infection. The latter is often the case requiring tympanostomy "tubes.".

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is otitis media?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor & another wall composed by the skull & the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous & cause infection.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What's the safest way to treat otitis media?

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Dr. Gregory McCarty
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Symptomatic Therapy: Most ear infections are viral infections and, depending on the age group and certain other factors, often can be managed without antibiotics or other specific therapy as they are self limiting. These usually require only symptomatic therapy such as Ibuprofen and/or Acetaminophen for pain. Occasionally they are bacterial and require antibiotic treatment.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does otitis media usually last?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Otitis Media: Otitis media can be used to mean a middle ear infection with pus in the middle ear, or fluid in the middle ear without infection. If there is pus, acute otitis media, the symptoms of pain, fever, malaise typically improve with a few days of using an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. The fluid may take three months or longer to resolve.
A 34-year-old member asked:

When can I fly after otitis media?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Flying with OM: You should be able to fly with otitis media (om), so long as you don't have a fever or a lot of pain and pressure in your ear(s). If an acute infection w/ pus in the ear(s), take your antibiotics and wait at least a week before getting on a plane. If you have fluid in your ear(s) take Claritin and sudafed starting 2 days before your flight and afrin (oxymetazoline) the day before and on day of your flight.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms and tests for otitis media?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
diagnosed by exam: Om is diagnosed by inspecting the ear drum on physical exam and finding evidence of inflammation and or pus behind the ear drum. Some may also do a pressure test to verify fluid behind the drum but this is seldom needed.Kids may or may not have fever and pain with the affected ear.

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