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Constant Ear Infections Should My 5 Year Old Get Tubes
Hearing loss: If your child's hearing is starting to get worse from the infections, it may be time for tubes. Of course, if someone smokes in the house, getting rid of smoke might be all you need. And this is rarely a consideration for 5-year-olds, but drinking while lying flat on one's back is also a risk factor for otitis media. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more
My 5yr old is prone to ear infections. Could swimming increase his chances of gettin them? At his age would tubes still be a possibility, consult ENT?
Different issues: The middle ear otitis that benefits from tubes is different from the canal infections that come with swimming. Middle ear infections are head size related and fade as the kids eustachian tubes enlarge with age. Swimmer's ear is related to time in the pool and retention of water after swimming. Remove the water and end the problem.Tubes would have no benefit. ...Read more
3.5 year old son who got over an ear infection now has a perforated ear drum involving 60%. What is the likelihood of healing on its own? Get patch?
See ENT: With 60% involvement, it is unlikely to heal up by itself. I would urge you to contact your ENT to see what he/she thinks. ...Read more
My 5 year old gets ear infections every 2-3 mnths, and now she has ringing. My sister and her son have cholesteatomas. Can those be seen with otoscope?
Is there any other way to treat a one year old that has had 4 ear infections in 3 months other than ear tubes?
Maybe: Is the child in daycare with lots of other kids? This can increase risk of exposure to viruses and infections. Is there smoking in the home or car (even if child isn't in the room at the time)? Same thing. You can try saline mist to the nostrils a few times a day to help rinse away bugs and allergens. Also, you can try xylitol 4-5x a day for the child to see if that helps. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 13 month old had bilat tubes placed on 3/11/12. Today, he was diagnosed with another ear infection.(5th this year!) why would this keep happening?
Germs: The tubes are a good way to reduce the frequency of ear infections but they are not a guarantee. They often drown the frequency from 5+/yr down to 2, but occasional kids may develop constant drainage. Many of these infections can be treated with drops into the ear canal instead of oral meds.Sometimes the tube will plug up with debris & not let air in. ...Read more
Will an ent put tubes in an adult? Ive had 4 ear infections this year and cant get rid of this one.
Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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