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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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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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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. ?

Possibly: Tubes do not prevent ear infections, despite the common misconception to that effect. That said, if the canal is inflamed, it can sometimes indicate an infection, so have her seen. You do not mention her age, but some children will have a tendency to play with their ears, just because they find them. Treat her for fever if she develops one, and have her seen. ...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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Pain in my left ear,wax accumulates and gets hard and dark in the opening of the ear canal,cannot even remove it easily,but doesn’t fall from that ear?

Pain in my left ear,wax accumulates and gets hard and dark in the opening of the ear canal,cannot even remove it easily,but doesn’t fall from that ear?

Use Debrox or Murine: Try using a few drops of a wax (cerumen) softening agent. These are available OTC. Follow the manufacturer instructions. I caution against using Q-tips. If the problem persists, you may want to have the ear checked & an ear lavage done by your doctor. ...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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"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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How do I get rid of ear wax in my child's ear after pe tubes were put in?

How do I get rid of ear wax in my child's ear after pe tubes were put in?

ENT follow-up visit: During routine follow-up appointments, the ENT doctor will evaluate the child's pe tubes (position, obstruction, signs of infection, etc...). At that time, the doctor can remove earwax (cerumen) from the ear canal. Avoid using q-tips or other foreign objects to remove earwax (unless the wax is already at the outside opening), because one can unintentionally push earwax deeper into the canal. ...Read more

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Are pe tubes used to treat ear infections?

Are pe tubes used to treat ear infections?

No: Tympanostomy tube, so called "tube, " is primarily to drain fluid out of middle ear and to restore the hearing, not to treat ear infection. Therefore, some children still experience ear infections after the insertion of "tube.". ...Read more

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3 yr boy w fungal infection in middle ear with pe tubes. How common is this?Ototoxic? Infection may have been present for 2 mos prior to dx- he rubbed and said rock in ear but dr saw nothing b4 pus.

3 yr boy w fungal infection in middle ear with pe tubes.  How common is this?Ototoxic? Infection may have been present for 2 mos prior to dx- he rubbed and said rock in ear but dr saw nothing b4 pus.

Very unusual: A middle ear fungal infection in an immunocompetent person would be highly unlikely. Can have fungal ear canal infections or fungi in secretions associated with pe tubes. If the infection doesn't respond to antimicrobial treatment based on culture of the drainage consider removal of tubes, adenoidectomy, antireflux treatment, blood test for antibody levels and lymphocyte enumeration, . ...Read more

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What is the best way to get out dry blood in ear canal?

What is the best way to get out dry blood in ear canal?

Best to Ask: I have always flushed with peroxide. If there are no tubes or holes in the eardrum.Do not insert anything such as a cuetip.Best to ask your doctor. And most likely if you leave it alone, the blood will come out naturally. ...Read more

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Why does my ear canal hurt? It hurts to even touch the entrance of it.

Why does my ear canal hurt? It hurts to even touch the entrance of it.

Possibly infection.: Your symptoms sound classic for "swimmer's ear," or otitis externa. (You don't have to swim to get it. Anyone can.) An exam by a doctor can tell for sure. This type of infection is cured by antibiotic ear drops, but it is safest to use only AFTER a medical provider has examined you to make sure your eardrum is healthy first. Please see a doctor! Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Why might someone involuntarily gag when they touch their external ear canal?

Why might someone involuntarily gag when they touch their external ear canal?

Normal: This is a normal reflex that may cause a person to cough when the inside of their ear canal is touched. There is a nerve called Jacob's nerve that is a nerve of sensation to both the ear canal and base of tongue/throat - the referred sensation is strong enough to create a cough reflex. ...Read more

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How can I treat pressure in ear canal due to a cold?

How can I treat pressure in ear canal due to a cold?

Swallow frequently: swallow frequently that could open up the tube and equalized the pressure take cold medicine that could reduce the edema and the swelling from allergic reaction see your doctor ...Read more

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How can I relieve pressure in ear canal due to a cold?

Ear pressure: This is a problem where your Eustachian tube isn't working well and you develop negative pressure or a small vacuum in your ears. This is common. First try to counteract the pressure by pinching your nose and blowing...this should "Pop" the ears. If not, use some nasal decongestant sprays to open this up and then try popping the ears. Next try nasal steroids, like Flonase OTC...keep popping ...Read more

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Help please! is ear canal irrigation the best way to clear up a plugged-up ear canal?

Help please! is ear canal irrigation the best way to clear up a plugged-up ear canal?

If caused by wax: If the ear canal is not blocked by wax, but by mucus or pus, ear canal irrigation will not be effective. See your doctor. ...Read more