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hi, i have muffled hearing in my left ear. i am almost certain that it is a build up of mucus in the eustachian tube. i have just come from the end of the flu, after 6 days. how long does it take for the eustachian tube to clear? thanks.

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Dr. Daniel Cabot
21 years experience Family Medicine
It depends : It depends On things like your specific anatomy (how vertical your Eustachian tube is), how hydrated you are , other medications you are taking, etc. if not improved in a few days try irrigating your sinuses with a saline rinse daily. If any pain, swelling or discharge of the ear occurs go to clinic
Answered on Jul 10, 2018
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Varies: Fluid buildup is not uncommon and its resolution depends on many factors. The underlying illness may have triggered swelling in the Eustachian tube that must resolve. Co-existing issues like allergies can delay resolution. In younger patients with smaller structures it is not uncommon for it to remain for 3-4 wks.
Answered on Jun 5, 2018

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