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Clogged Ear Tubes
I had an ear tube placed in right ear for ETD. It has helped; however, now my left ear feels clogged. Why is this, and do I need another tube?
I have bilat ear tubes. The right ear tube is clogged. Can this be done with ear drops? Instead of replacing the tube?
Maybe: An ENT doc can also sometimes push a tiny probe through the tube opening to remove the clog. Adults that are willing to sit still for the procedure find this a simple process, many kids will cooperate for it also. ...Read more
Unlikely: Two common things and may occur together with one NOT causing the other! ...Read more
Had ear tubes put in 2 days ago. Right ear is muffled/clogged w/ringing. Now right side of face neck tongue head is numb. Should I go to ER?
Call your ENT: Surgeon first. If you cannot get in touch with him/her or his/her covering physician soon, then yes, I would recommend going to the ER. ...Read more
Decadron (dexamethasone) drops for new ear tube that's clogged. The drops hurt a lot when I put them in. Is there anyway to make it hurt less? Why does is hurt so bad?
Giving otic drops: This may be an adverse reaction from the medication itself. Try premedicating with Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). I often find that warming up the drops by rolling the bottle between your hands helps with the discomfort/dizziness that can occur with administration of the medication. ...Read more
I my ear tube that was put in yesterday is now clogged. They gave me Decadron (dexamethasone) drops. They never told me how to unclog it. How do i? What caused it?
An hour after having an ear tube placed today in Right ear for ETD, my Left ear clogged up and echoes. What causes this? Do I need a 2nd tube?
Ear tube: Someone needs to look in and see. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
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
Can Afrin and Flonase thickin the fluid in Eustachian Tube? I used both yesterday 2 sprays in each nostril. My left ear feels clogged today.
Not likely: Flonase does not reach optimum potency until used consistently for days. It is more likely that whatever causes one to use nose sprays in the first place results in inefficient Eustachian Tube drainage due to inflammation. Stay the course as advised by your physician. Make sure to review the warnings on these if using otc. ...Read more
?? for kids??: Ear tubes generally refers to insertion of plastic ventilation tubes into the ears if infants have chronic infections. The kids are placed under general anesthesia, the canal cleaned with antiseptic material & a thin knife used to open a hole in the ear drum. Debris is sucked out of the middle ear & the tube inserted & antibiotic drops applied. The kid is awakened & sent home to outpatient followup. ...Read more
My son had ear tubes put in 4 days ago and now his ear drums are bright red. Should I be worried?
Child has ear tubes and still had 4-5 infections in same ear since January what are some other options?
Is it better to wear over the ear or in ear protection when you have ear tubes and have to wear hearing protection at work?
DB levels: Choose which ever product provides the highest dB protection (and hopefully that one is also the most comfortable!). ...Read more
Less infections.: Ear tubes help about 80% of people who get them for recurring ear infections. For most patients who have had tubes placed, no subsequent treatment is necessary unless there is an ear infection and/or drainage. The ENT doctor can tell you what to expect, based on whether the tubes are to be temporary or permanent. ...Read more
Is my child a candidate for ear tubes? What are you basing your recommendations for ear tubes on?
The american academy of otolaryngology published guidelines about which kids should qualify for tubes for the first time this month that I have attached links to below.
I am a pediatric ENT in your area if you have further questions.
http://www. Entnet. Org/guide_lines/loader. Cfm? Csmodule=security/getfile&pageid=174506
http://www. Entnet. Org/healthinformation/ear-tubes. Cf. ...Read more
Office procedure: 95% of adults who receive ear tubes in my practice choose to have this done in the office. Under a microscope the ear drum is anaesthetized with topical phenol, a microscopic incision placed, any fluid suctioned from the ear, and a tube placed in the incision. All this takes less than 5 minutes. ...Read more
Ear Tubes: For most pediatric patients, we typically recommend tubes only stay in place for a couple of years. Once they've been in for 2 years, I recommend consideration for removal. For adults who have tubes, keeping the tubes in for a longer period of time is quite common and necessary. It really depends on the underlying problem and the condition of the ear. Best to discuss with an ENT doctor. ...Read more
You can swim with tubes in place in many cases. Once they fall out, unless there is a persistent hole in the ear, it should be fine to swim.
Remember that most people who need tubes can't equalize their ear pressure well. This can mean that when you are deeper under water you will have a hard time clearing your ears, which can be painful.
Certainly don't scuba dive unless you can clear your ears. ...Read more
No: There have been a couple of studies where parents applied a prescription (quinolone category) drop at bedtime in children with ear tubes who swam earlier in the day. The alcohol in otc swimmer's ear preparations will cause pain and potentially cause hearing loss. As an ent, I only require plugs for swimming in lakes or oceans, not pools or bath time. ...Read more
As soon as indicated: The usual indications for tubes are 5-6 episodes of ear infections/year in a single year. If a child develops repeated infections in the first year of life... They can have tubes. Newborns with persistent fluid may need tubes to drain the fluid. Bottom line, there is no wrong age... If there is a problem with retained fluid or recurrent infections. Tubes can be placed. ...Read more
When would ear tubes be considered for an adult? What's involved? Any time off work? Hard to care for?
Ear tubes: Ear tubes in adults are usually performed when you are unable to get rid of fluid in your middle ears. Your doctor would first try various medicines to get rid of the fluid. If steroids don't work then surgery may be the next step. The surgery is minor. You can go to work the next day and they are not hard to care for. ...Read more
How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed? My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.
Common to shead: Tubes often fall out after 6+ months but may stay functional & in place much longer. I see little reason to get them out unless there problems. I don't like them swimming in the lakes or ponds with tubes but home pools are generally ok. Some ent's would pull them now if you are concerned. You may want to wait until spring to bypass another respiratory season. ...Read more
Ear tubes in 9/2013. Still visually in the ear but not working like they did when initially inserted. How do I know if they're blocked/bad?
Ear tubes: Have your otolaryngologist examine your ears.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have had 11 sets of ear tubes since age 6. Is there another solution rather than getting more? The set I've had in for 3 months just came out.
ETD: It sounds like you are having trouble with eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). This can precipitate recurrent ear infections. Sometimes, the root cause needs to be treated more effectively. Allergies can precipitate this problem and subsequent infections. You might consider having allergy testing done and better allergy Rx. There are also some newer procedures to surgically open the ET. See an ENT. ...Read more