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Alternative Treatments For Patulous Eustachian Tube
Is Rhinocort (budesonid nasal spray) the best treatment for patulous eustachian tube? what are the alternatives?
Possibly: Afrin is another otc medication that decongests nasal mucosa thereby relieving eustachian tube dysfunction (fullness in ears/popping/fluid build-up behind eardrum). Should only be used a few days at a time, read instructions. More potent treatments available with guidance from a physician. ...Read more
Usually benign: Patulous dysfunction of the eustachian tube is relatively benign and does not usually lead to ear complications or otitis media. Treatment should be directed at any known underlying medical conditions. Medical therapy should be started for patients having severe symptoms lasting more than six weeks. Good hydration can be effective. This can be supplemented by nasal saline drops as needed. ...Read more
Surgery: This is a fairly rare problem but if the symptoms truly bother you, surgery is available. Exploring the middle ear and partially obstructing the opening of the Eustachian tube as it enters the middle ear space with fascia or muscle tissue can be successful. Consult an ENT surgeon. ...Read more
Ear tube issues: The two terms relate to the state of the eustacian tube and the consequences of that state.The patuous description implies the eustacian tube does not open and close in a normal manner. If you station tube is not open and close it is deemed to have dysfunction. This dysfunction may result in autophony, a sensation of hearing an echo in one's head. ...Read more
Yes: The cold may cause blockage of the tube where it comes into the nose. ...Read more
ENT. No.: A patulous eustachian tube does not require a hearing aid. There are a variety of treatments available. See ENT doc for exam, recommendations. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/858909-overview ...Read more
Hearing yourself: The term describes a condition in which patients can hear their own breath and voice much louder than normal. It occurs when the eustachian tube (which is normally closed) is open more than normal. This is can be very annoying. Luckily it is much less common than eustachian tube dysfunction in which the tube is more closed than normal (congested) and patients feel like they can't hear as well. ...Read more
Can you tell me for the specialist, she told me she thinks I have patulous eustachian tube. what do you think?
Otologist: I would advise an ear doctor or an ENT doctor. Although a patulous ET can be annoying, it is not usually serious. However, it you have symptoms such as an echo in the ear when you speak and it is very annoying, surgical narrowing of the ET through a middle ear approach can be successful. Some ear doctors are also trying to narrow the tube through the back of the nose. ...Read more
Can you fly by plane (short 2 hrs flight) if you have Patulous Eustachian tube? Could it make the problems worse?
May be painful: Flying can create pressure in the middle ear, the space between the ear drum and the eustachian tube. If the eustachian tube can open by yawning, swallowing, or holding your nose while blowing thru your nose, then the pressure will clear and you will be fine. If you cannot open your eustachian tube, you can develop barotrauma to your ear drum. A 2 hr flight will cause less pressure than a long one ...Read more
Not helpful : Nasal steroids are not necessarily helpful for a eustachian tube that is larger than it should be or patulous. Many doctors will try this therapy, but there is no evidence to suggest it is helpful. It is a difficult problem and no specific therapy is helpful. See your ENT for suggestions. ...Read more
Usually: Eusachian tube dysfunction starting during or immediately after radiation therapy for head and neck cancers or brain tumors will usually resolve with a month or two. However, it can sometimes persist longer, especially in some nasopharyngeal cancers when the tumor was very close to the eustachian tube and it received a higher dose. In these cases an ENT may be able to help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of allergy test(s) should I take to find out what's causing eustachian tube dysfunction?
Eustachian tube: dysfunction usually occurs when the said tube malfunctions, typically when obstructed. You will best off under the care of the otolaryngologist to direct management needed. Take care! www.healthtap.com/dr-nnebe ...Read more
See ENT: To make the most accurate diagnosis see ENT who works with audiologist. Many conditions act like etd such as tmj. ...Read more
Yes You Can: When you are in the plane you can chew gum.yawn or drink liquids during take off and landing If you suffer from allergies take your allrgy pill like Claritin or zyrtec and use steroid nasal drops if prescribed and take Sudafed if you do not suffer from hypertension Allergy pills also come with Sudafed like claritinD24 HOURS ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unusual: Eustachian tube dysfunction generally causes ear symptoms such as blocked hearing or ear ache and congestion in the rear of nasal passages is the mechanism of the dysfunction. In my experience headache is not seen in eustachian tube problems, but an otolaryngologist is more qualified to answer your question. ...Read more
Eustachian tube issu: Unlikely - mucinex - contains guafenesin - the same ingredient in Robitussin. It is a mucolytic - thins mucus out - and thus would NOT likely cause any issues with the eustachian tube that drains the inner ear into the back of the throat - A decongestant might help your situation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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