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Draining Your Ears
Unlikely: Frequently the eustachean tubes ventilating the ears are blocked by congestion in the nasal cavity. For that you need something to decongest the nose. Thus taking a decongestant, nasal antihistamine, or nasal steroid may help. Oral antihistamine would do little if anything to open up your ears. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will a hot shower help fluid drain from your ear? My right ear has been clogged up for a week and today it finally popped, just some fluid i feel.
Better to have an: Ear exam using an otoscope. Not advisable because if there's a foreign body, your technique may push it further inside or if there's a hole in your ear drum, your technique can cause the water to penetrate the middle ear compartment. Not a good idea. Have it checked for infection, ear wax, cyst, polyp etc give us a feedback! ...Read more
Depends on where: Wax softner like murine or debrox can be tried if fluid/water gets trapped due to wax in exrenal ear canal. U need to see ear, nose & throat specialist if fluid is deep to eardrum. Best consult with your primary care dr if anything more than simple wax problem. Good luck. ...Read more
My ears have fluid draining out of them at night and then their all crusty the next day. The itch allot as well?
No Q-tips!: Sounds like otitis externa (an infection caused by Q-tip use) or a dermatitis (irritation from a soap or shampoo). Use only unscented products, and keep them out of your ears when shampooing. (soft ear plugs). See your doc for medications that may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
40 year old male has strong odor coming from ear no pain every once in a while it drains been this way for about 4 months?
See an ENT: Chronic ear drainage is a bad thing. The causes are numerous from an easy fix to a more involved one. A simple retained q tip swab can produce inflammation and drainage. It can also be due to chronic middle ear and mastoid infection or a skin cyst that can be bone erosive. Get it checked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If performed as a: sterile procedure figure 5-7 days. If infected 7-10 plus antibiotics. ...Read more
My son ears are going on its second week of draining since getting grommets is it normally this long?
May be ok BUT: Most ENT doctors would want to know if draining continues for longer than a week after tube placement. Make a call and let the ENT know. ...Read more
What is the best OTC to drain fluid from middle ear from a cold it's been over 10days still build up of fluid?
is to keep drainage "tubes"(Eustacian tubes) open with a combination of nasal spray (EG: Neosynephrine) plus oral decongestant (Phenylephrine) ASK YOUR PHARMACIST FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
Hope this is helpful....remember the old saying "If you do NOT treat a cold it will last for 7 days..if you treat it it will only last a week"
Hope this is helpful!
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Is there drainage: Coming out of your ear (externally) or is drainage in your throat? Normally there is pain with rupture of the tympanic membrane. Although these usually heal well, would recommend medical evaluation. Another possibility is that the pop isn't related and that you have an external ear infection. See this great info on otic barotrauma: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001064.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If your ear is feeling clogged and you have decreased hearing you may have an infection of the external auditory canal.
See a doctor so he or she can use a scope to look down the canal and look for swelling, redness, drainage called otorrhea, and evaluate your hearing and tympanic membrane to rule out an inner ear infection. If you popping/clicking may also have tube problem. Stay calm, carry on ...Read more
Need diagnosis: There are very few if any glands directly behind the external ear or pinna. However, if the swelling is just below the ear, the mass may be a lymph node or a benign cyst or mass in the parotid gland. Finally, a lymph nose may appear behind the ear and does not have to be drained. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more
Eustachian tube: Decongestants like sudafed are a good way to alleviate the problem. Sometimes a mucous thinner called Guaifenesin can be of additional help. This can be purchased over the counter. If you still are having difficulties, you need to see an ENT doctor for other medical options. You may need a hearing test, as well. ...Read more
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How long will an ear usually drain during infection, what color should we be worried about, example clear and pink?
Colour does not matt: T does not matter what colour is the drainage but it can take anywhere 5 to 15 days depending on the organism and the antibiotics used. ...Read more
I have fluid in middle ear will it drain naturally? Have been told op and gromits, which I don't want, Hearing returning slowly
Loss of smell. Had x-rays done and drained fluid from ears. Smell comes back at random times. But most of the time can't smell. What's wrong?
Tough situation: Smell is a very difficult sense to figure out sometimes. The fact that you can smell intermittently suggests that he neurologic connections are still present. Something is impeding smell. It could be related to sinusitis, allergies, deviated septum, turbinate enlargement, or nasal polyps. You should have a nasal endoscopic exam and imaging of brain and sinuses to help figure this out. ...Read more
No insurance supposed to get another mastoidectomy but in my l ear cuz it drains const. But i'm getting blood when it drains what can I do at home?
My ears are clogged with fluid after using a neti pot. My ears have been ringing for several months after using it. How can I drain out the fluid?
Antihistamines: Try using antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. You may also want to go a step further and use sudafed, if there is no contraindication for you. Have your physician take a look in your ears to make sure there are no perforations of your tympanic membranes or other canal problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most likely: The fluid can represent a middle ear infection which either caused a perforation of the ear drum to release pressure or oozing of fluid through the ear drum. This is particularly suspect if the baby recently has had an upper respiratory infection. Less likely, the fluid can be due to an external otitis(swimmer's ear) where water collects in the ear canal resulting in inflammation and pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I’ve been on nasal steroids for the past month to drain ears and I’ve noticed my hearing is getting worse. Does it get worse before it’s better?
No: you want to see your doctor again for re-evaluation or referral to an ENT specialist, meanwhile use saline nasal washes more often, good luck ...Read more