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Bathing With Ear Tubes
Yes: In my experience the tubes drop the recurrence rate considerably but do not eliminate the possibility. Most see declines from 5-6 or more per year to a couple. Thease may occur with or without a mucous plug forming in the tube. Some ear infections with draining tubes can be treated with drops& avoid the problems of oral meds. Canal infections may also occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stop using q-tips: The throat pain is likely referred pain from the ear irritation. No q-tips in the ears please! to clean your ears let soap and water flood your ears in the shower, then tilt your head and let it run out. Also the over the counter ear was kits available at the pharmacy are good. If you already have a wax plug a doctor will need to remove it. ...Read more
Left ear needs to pop on/off for a month. Ears professionally cleaned & taken decongestant. Slight ear pain with audio headphones. Light swimmer. ???
No: Ear wax would not affect Eustachian tube function in either ear. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Yes: In children, persistent fluid in the middle ear can resolve at any time after an infection; however, the longer it persists, the lower the odds that it will resolve on its own. Particularly if the child has recurrent infections, or shows signs of hearing loss, tubes may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Almost year around post nasal drip that reflects in alternating ear discomfort with external wet ears. facial, chest and behind ear seborheic dermatit?
See your Family Doc: It sounds to me like you have several issues going on at same time. Post-nasal drip could be from allergies which could lead to ear discomfort b/c Eustachian tube dysfunction. OTC antihistamines can often help. Seborrheic dermatitis is a separate condition (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seborrheic-dermatitis/basics/definition/con-20031872) as are your wet ears: otorrhea? infection? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Did tympanoplasty in left ear in 2006 due to infection and hear loss..Rt ear drum has hole and infection.Conductive hearing loss.Time for hearing aid?
I have bilat ear tubes. The right ear tube is clogged. Can this be done with ear drops? Instead of replacing the tube?
Maybe: An ENT doc can also sometimes push a tiny probe through the tube opening to remove the clog. Adults that are willing to sit still for the procedure find this a simple process, many kids will cooperate for it also. ...Read more
Age matters : I'm a pediatrician, but hope i can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or discomfort with the infex. Fluid can be present behind the eardrum with an acute ear infection. If it does not resolve and/or it's adversely affecting one's hearing, we are quicker to act on that. See an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist. ...Read more
Yes: Ear tubes allow your middle ear to ventillate. You can fly without any problems. Swimming with ear tubes should be discussed with your ENT surgeon. Some recommend using ear plugs and others don't. Most caution against deep diving when ear tubes are in place to avoid getting pool water into the middle ear. ...Read more
No: There have been a couple of studies where parents applied a prescription (quinolone category) drop at bedtime in children with ear tubes who swam earlier in the day. The alcohol in otc swimmer's ear preparations will cause pain and potentially cause hearing loss. As an ent, i only require plugs for swimming in lakes or oceans, not pools or bath time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Numbness left side of face for 7 months ent said ear clear..my ear make cracking sound and it all started with blocked ear with wax.
Medical vs surgical: If you do have eustacian tube dysfunction that is causing your ringing/tinnitus in the affected ear, then focus on treating that. Nasal steroid, decongestant, antihistamines etc...If not adquate, oral steroid briefly and diuretic may help. If adenoids/tonsils are large, removal may help. Or, consider having an ear-tube (myringotomy) by an ENT doc..Consult your doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more