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What to take for a ear infection with tubes?

What to take for a ear infection with tubes?

Drops: If you have tubes, the treatment is usually antibiotic drops. You need to see your doctor to check it out and get you on the right stuff. ...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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Is it possible to have an ear infection with tubes?

Is it possible to have an ear infection with tubes?

Yes: Despite having myringotomy tubes, you can still get an ear infection. Often, if tubes are still in place, an infection may cause drainage from your ear. If you have ear pain, and suspect an infection, see your dr. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get tubes for my ear infections?

Do you think I should get tubes for my ear infections?

5 / yr ; 1 wont clr: There are multiple parameters for deciding on tubes. One basic mantra "5 in a yr or 1 that won't clear" (in 90 days). An evaluation by an ENT that would do the tubes would give you an idea if your situation would benefit. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my son has an ear infection, can he still have tubes placed?

Can you tell me if my son has an ear infection, can he still have tubes placed?

Depends: Most ent's would prefer to have an angry active infection treated for a while to calm it down before putting in tubes. It is also quite difficult to do if the ear infection has produced a hole in the ear drum where the tube is supposed to go. All these issues are best analysed by the doc considering the procedure. Sometimes, the operation can proceed as scheduled. ...Read more

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How long should my sons ear ooze puss from his tube in a ear infection?

How long should  my sons ear ooze puss from his tube in a ear infection?

Should respond : If you've started treatment with drops or oral meds the drainage should begin to subside within a few days. Failure to respond may mean there is too much drainage coming out for drops to be effective & a trip to the dr to have the drainage suctioned clear may be necessary. Check with your md. ...Read more

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My son has a msra ear infection and has ear tubes. Can you explain this please?

My son has a msra ear infection and has ear tubes. Can you explain this please?

Bacteria can enter : From the external auditory canal ;#40; as with q-tip use;#41; or from inside out from the nasopharynx. Pressure equalization tubes keep barometric pressure in the middle ear the same as ambient barometric pressure. If there is an overt or submucous cleft palate or if the baby drinks formula or juice in supine position, reflux of liquid into the middle ear can occur despite pet's. See my comment for more. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

Possibly: You could experience a significant amount of pain with this. Sudafed will help. I have never seen anyone who ruptured an eardrum from this so you may want to take a few sudafed and chance it. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Constant ear infections related to tubes?

Constant ear infections related to tubes?

Not sure of question: If you mean that you are having ear infections following the placement of ear tubes then the tubes themselves sometimes can be the cause of infection. Occasionally bacteria can form around the tube and lead to infections. Usually antibiotic ear drops will solve the problem, rarely the tubes have to be removed. ...Read more

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Are pe tubes used to treat ear infections?

Are pe tubes used to treat ear infections?

No: Tympanostomy tube, so called "tube, " is primarily to drain fluid out of middle ear and to restore the hearing, not to treat ear infection. Therefore, some children still experience ear infections after the insertion of "tube.". ...Read more

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 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


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Infection (Definition)

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