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A 36-year-old female asked:

Seen my ent due to ear pressure fullness both sides and he said i have no reflex in my right ear. no prescription or explanation. does this heal with time?

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Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 31 years experience
It should: That could be a sign of an effusion ( fluid behind the eardrum) or an otitis media ( infection ). Effusion can be cause by a cold or allergies. If it's a cold, it will resolve with time. If allergies, treating the allergies might help. As far as if it is an "ear infection", at least with children, unless there is a high fever, severe pain or you look really sick, the CDC recommends not treating.
Dr. Shari Schabowski
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Your Description: It sounds like you have congestion in your middle ear that is why the TM has limited mobility and you feel the pressure. If you have no signs of infection (i.e fever) there is no absolute need for treatment. Typically it resolves on its own.
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Ear: May be allergy related, after a cold or a flu. Usually goes away but if its allergy related you would treat the allergies
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It often can...: No light reflex means that you likely have fluid trapped in your middle ear space due to Eustachian tube dysfunction. No prescription given because it must not have looked like it was infected, just clear fluid. Often this will indeed clear with time. In kids we give it as long as 12 weeks before we get concerned. Pop your ears often, decongestant may help (esp. if you have seasonal allergies).

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