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Help please! could Claritin (loratadine) drain your ears?

Help please! could Claritin (loratadine) drain 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 more

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How can surgeons drain your ears after fluid stays there from a bad cold?

How can surgeons drain your ears after fluid stays there from a bad cold?

Myringotomy: Greetings. When middle ear fluid persists greater than ~3 months, a Myringotomy may be indicated. It can be an aspiration, an incision and suction of the fluid out or the incision with a tube placed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can surgeons drain your ears after fluid stays there from a bad cold?

Can you tell me how can surgeons drain your ears after fluid stays there from a bad cold?

Myringotomy: They make a small opening in your eardrum. Usually use some anesthetic. Can be done in the office. ...Read more

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For what length of time do antibiotics take to help drain your ear?

For what length of time do antibiotics take to help drain your ear?

Just a few days: Antibiotics typically control infection in 5-7 days. Thye do not drain but dry up the infection and inflammation in the ear. ...Read more

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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

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Could allergies cause sinus to drain into your throat and ears?

Could allergies cause sinus to drain into your throat and ears?

Allergies: Hello. Yes, allergies often precede sinusitis, can cause ear infections and produce excessive mucus that can cause a sore throat. ...Read more

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What can be done to get your ears to drain when they have too much fluid?

What can be done to get your ears to drain when they have too much fluid?

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

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My ears have fluid draining out of them at night and then their all crusty the next day. The itch allot as well?

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 more

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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?

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 a doctor: The strong odor and drainage suggest an infection or foreign body. An examination is needed to sort this out. ...Read more

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How to drain fluids in the ear?

How to drain fluids in the ear?

Time or myringotomy: If you have serous fluid behind the ear drum, either waiting or lancing the ear drum are options. By making an incision on your ear drum, you would get almost instantaneous relief. ...Read more

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Will ciprodex help an ear to drain?

Will ciprodex help an ear to drain?

Antibiotic: The Ciprodex is intended to deliver an antibiotic and steroid directly to an infected ear. It really is not meant to help an ear drain. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can drain my ear?

Can i tell me how i can drain my ear?

Drain my ear.: Yes I can but would look in it first to see what the problem is. Most common is wax. ...Read more

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My ears drain all day long it has been doing it for a month or so

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 more

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My son ears are going on its second week of draining since getting grommets is it normally this long?

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

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What is the best OTC to drain fluid from middle ear from a cold it's been over 10days still build up of fluid?

What is the best OTC to drain fluid from middle ear from a cold it's been over 10days still build up of fluid?

Best: 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"
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Why won't my sinuses or ears drain?

Why won't my sinuses or ears drain?

Sinuses: There are many causes, such as swelling of the sinus opening, eutachian tube swelling and allergies. See your ENT to help find the cause. ...Read more

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Was diving and my ear poped, now its draining? Should i be concerned?

Was diving and my ear poped, now its draining? Should i be concerned?

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 more

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Swimmers ear, how to drain.

Swimmers ear, how to drain.

Otitis Externa: 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

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Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Yes: A base-of-the-skull fracture can infamously cause a runny ear. That it is spinal fluid can be confirmed by any clever physician who thinks to test it for glucose. ...Read more

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What can I do to drain fluid from my ear?

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What can I do to drain fluid from my ear?

Middle ear effusion: If it is related to a cold or allergy, take otc antihistamine/decongestant. You should see your doctor first to confirm the effusion before treatment. ...Read more

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Do glands behind the ear ever need drained?

Do glands behind the ear ever need drained?

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

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What do you suggest I do to drain fluid from my ear?

Time or myringotomy: I assume you mean fluid behind the ear drum. For this, 70% resolve within 30 days, 80 within 60 and 90% within 90. It can be helped instantly with an incision in the ear drum by ent. You can try sudafed to encourage it. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do to drain fluid from my ear?

Please tell me what can I do to drain fluid from my ear?

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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What to do if i pulled out my second ear piercing and it fell down the drain?

What to do if i pulled out my second ear piercing and it fell down the drain?

New piercing?: Purchase new jewelry & replace asap. Titanium or gold are preferable as they cause less sensitivities than other metals. ...Read more

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For several days now I've had constant Fluid drained from my ear what can it be?

For several days now I've had constant   Fluid drained from my ear what can it be?

Infection: This could be drainage due to perforation of the tympanic membrane. If it is painful, or if drainage is puss, then you should be seen by an M.D. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son is draining yellow fluid from the ears and it stinks, please?

Time for visit: He has an infection in the middle or outer ear and will need prescribed medications. ...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?

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

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I have fluid in middle ear will it drain naturally? Have been told op and gromits, which I don't want, Hearing returning slowly

I have fluid in middle ear will it drain naturally? Have been told op and gromits, which I don't want, Hearing returning slowly

Usually resolves: Fluid in the middle ear, called serous otitis, usually resolves on its own. If it is severe and your hearing is impaired then the ENT surgeons can offer other solutions. If your hearing is returning then I would give it a while longer for it to resolve on its own. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Mastoiditis: You have a serious infection and you should follow the doctors advice and go through mastoidectomy and you will need antibiotics, dont ignore and see your ENT specialist and dont play around with it. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Does fluid draining from my baby’s ear mean he has an ear infection?

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 more

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