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Bilateral 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
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
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
How long does ringing in ears last after serous otitis media has cleared? I still have ringing after almost all of the fluid is gone, a little worried
What decongestants should I look for in helping with the treatment of serous otitis media? I went to the doctors a while ago and plan a follow up soon
Mucinex-D and Afrin (oxymetazoline): Try mucinex-d as long as you don't have blood pressure problems, for 7-10 days. It's is useful to use afrin nasal spray 2 sprays each nostril 2x a day for 3 days only, as well. The nasal spray will decongest your nose and eustachian tube right behind your nose to help drain the fluid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer