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I have chronic otitis media in toddlers, what to do?

I have chronic otitis media in toddlers, what to do?

See an ENT: If the child is having ear infections back to back for more than 2 months, or not clearing up in between antibiotics, it may be time for an ear, nose, and throat consultation. A change of antibiotics might be needed, or if that doesn't clear the infection, he may need pe tubes to allow the fluid to drain properly. Talk with your doctor to find out if this is needed. ...Read more

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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

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Is there a treatment for chronic otitis media?

Is there a treatment for chronic otitis media?

Myringotomy tubes: Myringomtomy tubes are tiny tubes placed surgically in the ear drum to prevent recollection of fluid in the middle ear space, thus reducing the need for oral antibiotics. Most varieties will fall out on their own after a few months to a couple of years, but other types are intended to be permanent. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute and chronic otitis media?

What is the difference between acute and chronic otitis media?

Acute vs. Chronic: Acute otitis media is an acute illness with findings of inflammation of the mucosa of the middle ear as well as middle ear fluid. Chronic otitis media is diagnosed when there is a tympanic membrane perforation in the setting of chronic or recurrent ear infections, i.e. chronic purulent ear drainage despite appropriate antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I have chronic sinusitis with chronic otitis media, what do you suggest?

I have chronic sinusitis with chronic otitis media, what do you suggest?

ENT evaluation: You need to find an ENT you trust and follow his or her directions to the letter. Chronic sinus disease is difficult to treat and often combines multiple therapies including antibiotics and antibiotic nasal washes, steroids and/or steroid nasal sprays and sometimes surgical intervention. It does not turn around in 3-4 days . Usually takes 6-8 weeks of therapy to adequately treat. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chronic sinusitis with chronic otitis media?

What do you advise if I have chronic sinusitis with chronic otitis media?

ENT evaluation: You need to find an ENT you trust and follow his or her directions to the letter. Chronic sinus disease is difficult to treat and often combines multiple therapies including antibiotics and antibiotic nasal washes, steroids and/or steroid nasal sprays and sometimes surgical intervention. It does not turn around in 3-4 days . Usually takes 6-8 weeks of therapy to adequately treat. ...Read more

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M having bleeding with chronic otitis media..The doc advised surgery..I don't want to undergo surgery..Wht şhould i do?

M having bleeding with chronic otitis media..The doc advised surgery..I don't want to undergo surgery..Wht şhould i do?

Chronic OM: Chronic otitis media that is resulting in bleeding is a serious condition. This indicates you have a lot of inflammation in that middle ear space to have this bleeding. There may also be infectious agents that need to be identified with aspiration of the middle ear fluid so it can be appropriately treated. The surgery is quite minor in most cases, and i would not hesitate to get this done and soon. ...Read more

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Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...Read more

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What are the tests for otitis media with effusion?

What are the tests for otitis media with effusion?

See below: Ear examination with an otoscope. And some people will perform tympanometry. This produces a graph that can aid in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have otitis media with effusion. How i get rid of it?

I have otitis media with effusion.  How i get rid of it?

Antibiotic: Although there is some discussion about antibiotic treatment in otitis media, it is still the most common standard of care in treatment of a localized infection. The 'with effusion' just means there is fluid under pressure in the middle ear. If antibiotic treatment alone is ineffective over 3 months, many doctors recommend pe tubes. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a quick cure for otitis media with effusion?

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Please let me know if there is a quick cure for otitis media with effusion?

No: Otitis media with effusion (OME) may resolve spontaneously. However, persistent OME over 12 weeks generally requires ventilation tube insertion. ...Read more

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What can help my 5 year old with his coughing, asthma and otitis media with effusion?

Asthma: Have the child be evaluated by the pediatrician. May need antibiotics as any ENT infection can worsen asthma symptoms and make your little one miserable. If the child had seen a physician and is still symptomatic then take him/ her back if they are not getting better. ...Read more

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What could help my 5-year-old with his coughing asthma and otitis media with effusion?

What could help my 5-year-old with his coughing asthma and otitis media with effusion?

Asthma?: Has he been diagnosed with asthma? If so, then he needs his rescue inhalers. His ear infection may need antibiotics so you need to have him seen by his doctor. ...Read more

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I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

Tinnitus and Otitis: Yes. Generally the ringing in the ears will subside once the otitis abates and the fluid is absorbed. Tinnitus is very annoying, so let's hope it disappears sooner than later! ...Read more

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I have otitis media with effusion and my ears have been slightly popping all morning when swallowing, is this good or bad?

Likely improving: Eustachian tube allows middle ear mucous to drain into the throat & air to circulate behind the ear drum.As the infection begins to clear, you will often have periods when the tube opens for a period letting air in (popping) or periods where it is still full of fluid or closed.I see the feature as a sign things are improving. ...Read more

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Does salt and caffeine make tinnitus from otitis media with effusion louder or is it not the same as tinnitus from nerve damage?

Does salt and caffeine make tinnitus from otitis media with effusion louder or is it not the same as tinnitus from nerve damage?

Possibly: Anything that will increase the size of the effusion may increase the tinnitus, i.E salt. So it is possible that the symptoms also worsen. ...Read more

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Recently i got told i had otitis media with effusion and ringing started in my left ear, does this ringing go away when the fluid drains out?

Usually yes: Otitis media is an ear infection. In bacterial ear infections, it can take a month for the fluid in the ear to completely resolve. The fluid may be causing the ringing. If the ringing does not go away, you should be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion? Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?

Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion?  Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?

Not usually: Barotrauma may perforate the tympanic membrane whereas infection can cause fluid to accumulate, with perforation a late consequence. Ent eval may be helpful. ...Read more

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