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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Chronic Serous Otitis Media

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How dangerous is serous otitis media?

How dangerous is serous otitis media?

Nothing specific: Serous otitis starts as normal fluid made on the walls of the middle ear that fails to exit through the eustachian and the throat. Any structural, irritant, allergic or infectious process that causes the eustachian tube to swell can trigger this. It can last for weeks or months before resolving. It could become secondarily infected and become a true ear infection requiring antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


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What are the symptoms serous otitis media and what is it caused from?

What are the symptoms serous otitis media and what is it caused from?

Fluid in ear: Serous otitis media is simply fluid in the middle ear (behind the ear drum). It can be caused by allergies or viral infections. If fluid stays in this area, it may become infected and need to be treated, but the serous fluid usually clears up on its own. You may have a blocked feeling in your ears, feel pressure, or popping in your ears. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about serous otitis media and lost a lot of hearing?

Can you tell me about serous otitis media and lost a lot of hearing?

See below: Otitis media with effusion, new terminology for serous otitis, adversely affects air conduction and results in hearing deficit up to 25 db. ...Read more

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What's the best way to clear up serous otitis media. I have been doing everything the after hrs NP told me. How long will it take for fluid to drain?

What's the best way to clear up serous otitis media. I have been doing everything the after hrs NP told me. How long will it take for fluid to drain?

See Your Doctor: Fluid behind the eardrum can persist for 6 to 12 weeks in many patients; is usually self-limited. A watchful waiting approach is all that is necessary for most. Nasal Steroid sprays may be beneficial in speeding up the process in some cases. If resolution does not occur, then referral to an ENT specialist for drainage and tube placement may be necessary. See your doctor for follow-up and treatment plan. ...Read more

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How long does it take the ringing in my left ear to stop? I have serous otitis media.

Ear causing tear :(: The ringing in the ear during, after this infection can last awhile...And wax and wane as it slowly improves over time. Sometimes the ringing can last for awhile. I recommend seeing your doctor or an ENT physician. Do not despair. ...Read more

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I went to my primary yesterday and i was told that I have acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, acute allergic and serous otitis media. Can any of these cause shortness of breath?

I went to my primary yesterday and i was told that I have acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, acute allergic and serous otitis media. Can any of these cause shortness of breath?

Yes... But : If you have all those diagnosis the underplaying cause is an infection, which can spread, to the lung. Sinusitis can lead to post nasal drip and cause shortness of breath, but so can a bronchitis or pneumonia.... If you don't get better shortly or get worse head back over to his office. ...Read more

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1 month ago i was told i had infection & serous otitis media in my left ear and ringing but now my right ear is also ringing IV been on 2 anti biotics?

1 month ago i was told i had infection & serous otitis media in my left ear and ringing but now my right ear is also ringing IV been on 2 anti biotics?

Ear Infection RIng: Serous otitis medial is generally associated with blockage in the eustachian tube, the opening between the middle ear and back of the nose. Ringing is often associated with hearing loss. Try gently clearing your ears by closing your mouth, and blowing your nose. The ears should pop or feel full. If they don't clear, i feel the best course is a short round of inhaled nasal steroid or oral steroids. ...Read more

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Acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, acute allergic serous otitis media. Short of breath chest pain and high BP is that normal?

Acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, acute allergic serous otitis media. Short of breath chest pain and high BP is that normal?

It is not normal: Sinusitis, rhinitis, serous otitis and shortness of breath could cause severe stress on one's system and aggravate hypertension. Decongestants commonly used for allergies and sinus infections could cause high blood pressure too. ...Read more

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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. It can be filled with mucus type fluid, thin serum like fluid, or pus. A middle ear infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, which is located just behind the eardrum. Patients may have ear pain, ...Read more