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I have bilat ear tubes. The right ear tube is clogged. Can this be done with ear drops? Instead of replacing the 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

Ear Infections (Definition)

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


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Chronic blocked eustachian tube in adults-my husband has had an implant in the art drum to try to drain the middle ear but this has blocked up again?

Chronic blocked eustachian tube in adults-my husband has had an implant in the art drum to try to drain the middle ear but this has blocked up again?

Tube may be plugged: Sometime pe (pressure equalization) tubes fail. When they do return of symptoms is common. Also, pe tubes can be expected to remain in the ear drum for months to years, depending on the type. He should be reevaluated by his ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can fluid in ears go away without placing tubes in ears?

Can fluid in ears go away without placing tubes in ears?

Yes: In children, persistent fluid in the middle ear can resolve at any time after an infection; however, the longer it persists, the lower the odds that it will resolve on its own. Particularly if the child has recurrent infections, or shows signs of hearing loss, tubes may be necessary. ...Read more

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Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole

Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole

Yes it can: Need to plug your ear on the perforated side till seen by ENT, to decide whether surgery is needed to graft the drum, wax plugs sre available, different treatment options and at times antibiotic ear drops adminstered prophylactically, ENT evaluation and follow up are needed ...Read more

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Why can't ear fluid in the middle ear be seen with those who have inner ear disorders?

Why can't ear fluid in the middle ear be seen with those who have inner ear disorders?

Isn't there: Those with inner ear issues do not by their diagnosis, need any middle fluid to be present.Inner ear disorders reflect an attack of the ear nerve, that usually comes through the bloodstream. Someone with inner ear disease can have incidental middle ear fluid and that may be visible. ...Read more

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Can ear wax be so blocked in the inner ear that the ear doctor cannot see it with an otoscope?

Can ear wax be so blocked in the inner ear that the ear doctor cannot see it with an otoscope?

Cerumen: Impacted cerumen(ear wax) prevents the examiner from visual zing the ear drum. An otolaryngologist is best consulted who will remove the cerumen by aspiration, curretting or gavage with warm water depending upon his/her judgement. ...Read more

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Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone.The inner ear handles the hearing mechanism & position sense.You cannot reach it with drops.Drops are sometimes used for canal infections or middle ear pbs if tubes are present.Some drops used for canal infections can be used for middle ear infect. ...Read more

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I used peroxide to clean my ear this morning can the liquid get caught in the middle ear or Eustachian Tube?

I used peroxide to clean my ear this morning can the liquid get caught in the middle ear or Eustachian Tube?

Not usually: If it was applied to the outside part of the ear, then usually no. There is an ear drum that separates the outer ear from the middle ear and the eustachian tube. If there is perforation of the eardrum then potentially the answer is yes. ...Read more

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Can impacted ear wax in one ear cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to be worse in both ears?

Can impacted ear wax in one ear cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to be worse in both ears?

No: Ear wax would not affect Eustachian tube function in either ear. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection? And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection?  And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?

No: Ear wax retention does not cause a bacterial infection.It can cause discomfort, and there are many OTC products that can be used to dissolve the retained was, or you can have it removed by a physician or ENT specialist. The ear drum shares a nerve with the jaw joint and occasionally those with an otitis can have jaw pain or someone with tooth/jaw pain may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringing in the ears. The ringing of the ears should be evaluated if the ringing persists once the outer ear infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Can a ear tube cause swimmer's ear infection if you accidentally get water in your ear.?

Can a ear tube cause swimmer's ear infection if you accidentally get water in your ear.?

Otorrhea: What can happen with an ear tube in place is that the water goes through the tube into the middle ear and causes an infection in the middle ear. This then drains out into the ear canal(called otorrhea with intact tympanostomy tube). It is best treated with antibiotic ear drops that an ENT doctor can prescribe for you. ...Read more

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Can there be treatment for an ear infection in someone who was born with holes in the eardrum?

Can there be treatment for an ear infection in someone who was born with holes in the eardrum?

Yes: Antibiotic ear drops can be prescribed to treat outer and middle ear infections even with a perforation. Sometimes oral antibiotics are needed for middle ear infections alone or with the drops. The other pressing issue is the "holes" you were born with. That is unusual and you should see an ENT doctor for full exam and hearing test. ...Read more

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Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Age matters : I'm a pediatrician, but hope i can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or discomfort with the infex. Fluid can be present behind the eardrum with an acute ear infection. If it does not resolve and/or it's adversely affecting one's hearing, we are quicker to act on that. See an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist. ...Read more

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Did tympanoplasty in left ear in 2006 due to infection and hear loss..Rt ear drum has hole and infection.Conductive hearing loss.Time for hearing aid?

Did tympanoplasty in left ear in 2006 due to  infection and hear loss..Rt ear drum has hole and infection.Conductive hearing loss.Time for hearing aid?

Tympanoplasty : If you have a hole and recurring drainage a hearing aid will probably make that worse and the hearing will be getting blocked up by the drainage. Actually sounds like you need a tympanoplasty if you still have hearing loss after it heals then get an aid. ...Read more

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Friend thought had ear infection. Mixed water and neosporin. Put dropper deep in ear as far can go. Filled quarter way and put all in the ear. What happens if neosporin got deep in ear or past eardrum?

Friend thought had ear infection. Mixed water and neosporin. Put dropper deep in ear as far can go. Filled quarter way and put all in the ear. What happens if neosporin got deep in ear or past eardrum?

So how is he now???: Pain or bleeding? See a dr. Loss of hearing? See a dr. Best would be an ear specialist. I do not recommend neosporin because of lack of benefit and because it can cause allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

No: This will actually help trap moisture and provide a better growth medium for a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Infection (Definition)

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more