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Doctor insights on: Can Pe Tubes Fall Backward Into The Head Instead Of Into The Ear Canal

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Pe Tubes (Definition)

PE tubes, or pressure equalization tubes, are small tubes that are inserted into the eardrum. The tube helps drain fluid collection in the middle ear and keeps ...Read more


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My 3 year old is on her 2nd set of pe tubes (t&a removed).Left tube is in the ear canal & is infectioned.Is it recommended/safe to replace this tube?

My 3 year old is on her 2nd set of pe tubes (t&a removed).Left tube is in the ear canal &  is infectioned.Is it recommended/safe to replace this tube?

Ear tubes: If the tube has come out and infections return, it is reasonable to replace the tube. Consider adenoidectomy if it hasn't been done yet. Don't worry, your child will most likely grow out of this. ...Read more

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Twenty minutes ago, I hit my head hard and felt a little disoriented after the impact. Now my left ear canal is hurting. Should I be concerned?

Twenty minutes ago, I hit my head hard and felt a little disoriented after the impact. Now my left ear canal is hurting. Should I be concerned?

You should : You should first and foremost rest. This might be a minor concussion, and rest is imperative. If the pain, persists, or you feel dizzy, or you get nausea or vomiting, or your behavior is unusual, please ask someone to take you to the Emergency room ...Read more

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Clogged ear feeling but no ear infection. Is that ear canal, tube?

Clogged ear feeling but no ear infection. Is that ear canal, tube?

Eustachian Tube: A clogged ear with no infection or fluid in the ear is usually the result of a poorly functioning eustachian tube. This is the connection from the middle ear to the nose, responsible for maintaining proper air pressure in the ear.When clogged, the ear feels full or stuffy. ...Read more

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"Cut" where earlobe joins to head? No blood just clear dried liquid, chronic for a few years. Same dried liquid on lobe under the outer ear canal.

"Cut" where earlobe joins to head? No blood just clear dried liquid, chronic for a few years. Same dried liquid on lobe under the outer ear canal.

See derm: After having symptoms and this condition for several years, it is time to get the area assessed and treated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was accidentally punched in the side of the head the other night, i cant hear very well and my ear canal was bleeding all night. What could it be?

I was accidentally punched in the side of the head the other night, i cant hear very well and my ear canal was bleeding all night. What could it be?

Ruptured ear drum: If you were hit square on the ear you may have a ruptured ear drum. This sounds drastic, but generally these heal quite well with no treatment required. ...Read more

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My sons ear tube fell out and is stuck in his ear canal. He is cranky and picking at his ear. Should i wait til monday for ENT or takehim to the er?

My sons ear tube fell out and is stuck in his ear canal. He is cranky and picking at his ear. Should i wait til monday for ENT or takehim to the er?

Make a call: Pe tubes routinely fall out and get stuck in the earwax. By itself, it causes no particular discomfort.Most will randomly end up lost in the bed linen. If his symptoms suggest a new ear infection you should contact his doc and decide what to do. Ear fluid or teething can cause him to mess with his ears.Ibuprofen could tide you over for the weekend.I'd avoid the er if other options are available. ...Read more

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My daughter has ear tubes. Her ear canal is red and she is playing with it. Is it an ear infection. ?

My daughter has ear tubes. Her ear canal is red and she is playing with it. Is it an ear infection. ?

Maybe,maybe not: The canal is normally pinkish. The only way to really know is to have someone look at it. If tubes are in & an ear is infected, there is commonly pus draining into the canal.If the tube has a mucous plug in its window, the pus would not drain. ...Read more

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I take nasal spray lying down before sleep then i sleep on my left side can nasal spray block the ear canal/eustachian tube thanks?

I take nasal spray lying down before sleep then i sleep on my left side can nasal spray block the ear canal/eustachian tube thanks?

Doubtful: It would be highly unlikely. But the nasal spray is designed to be used when you are in an upright position and thus i would not recommend using it lying down since it will likely be less effective. ...Read more

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As a pilot, I use a headset with foam tips that go into ear canal. I also suffer from frequent otitis media. Can they be related? Ent is considering tympanostomy. Can I use this headset w/ ear tubes?

As a pilot, I use a headset with foam tips that go into ear canal. I also suffer from frequent otitis media. Can they be related? Ent is considering tympanostomy. Can I use this headset w/ ear tubes?

Ear infections: When anything, including q tips, fingers, or other foreign objects are inserted into the ear canals, many things can happen. All these and especially your headset foam tips are a culture medium for bacteria. Soft tissue infections of the canals, eardrums, or middle ear can result, and the foam tips can push foreign material, wax, dirt, or other debris into the canals or drum. See your ENT doc. ...Read more

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