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what side should you sleep if you have an ear infection?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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It does not matter: Sleep on the side that is most comfortable for you.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection. do you have to be put to sleep?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Tapping the Drum: The ear canal and drum can be effectively anesthetized with local anesthetic drops in the office. Using the proper instruments an ENT physician can then easily make a minature incision in the membrane of the drum and allow painful, high pressure fluid accumulations to easily drain. A small tube is often inserted to allow further drainage of the infectious fluid which later falls out by itself.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
For adults... Very simply done in the office... For children... In the OR.
Dec 9, 2011

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