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Chronic Otitis Media With Effusion In Adults
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Are there any key symptoms to look for to see if otitis media with effusion is starting to clear up?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Went to doctors and have had otitis media with effusion for 2 weeks and going. How long can it take for ears to not feel full and fluid to drain?
2-4 weeks: after appropriate treatment is the general time frame for resolution. ...Read more
I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does salt and caffeine make tinnitus from otitis media with effusion louder or is it not the same as tinnitus from nerve damage?
Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion? Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?
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