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Doctor insights on: Ear Tubes

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How exactly do ear tubes prevent further ear infections?

How exactly do ear tubes prevent further ear infections?

It opens air flow: A main factor in recurrent ear infections is the build up of thickened mucous in the middle ear. This weeps off the walls of the space and should flow thru the eustacion tube to your throat. Recurrent infection may thicken the mucous & if it never flows out, germs love it. The tubes provide a window in the ear drum so air can get in & mucous can drain out. With the mucous is gone, no food for germs. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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Is my child a candidate for ear tubes? What are you basing your recommendations for ear tubes on?

Is my child a candidate for ear tubes? What are you basing your recommendations for ear tubes on?

It depends: The american academy of otolaryngology published guidelines about which kids should qualify for tubes for the first time this month that I have attached links to below. I am a pediatric ENT in your area if you have further questions. http://www.entnet.org/guide_lines/loader.cfm?csmodule=security/getfile&pageid=174506 http://www.Entnet.Org/healthinformation/ear-tubes.Cf. ...Read more

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What symptoms should tell me to use ear tubes with my child?

What symptoms should tell me to use ear tubes with my child?

Chronic or recurrent: If a kid has an ear infection that will not resolve over 90 days in spite of several rounds of medication, the muck behind the ear drum is unlikely to clear without surgical removal.Tubes after that removal makes sense. If a kid has 5-7 separate resolving episodes per year, is excessively "ill" with episodes or has begun to develop allergies to abx, tubes are worthwhile. Ent's must eval & agree. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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How well do ear tubes work?

How well do ear tubes work?

Very well: Children or adults that get tubes see a significant reduction in the number of ear infections and usually have an immediate improvement in hearing. ...Read more

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Whats risk of complications from ear tubes in child?

Whats risk of complications from ear tubes in child?

Ear tubes: Complications from ear tube placement are rare....However one occasiionally see non-healing of the ear drum after the tube falls which may then require patching. ...Read more

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How to relieve pain with ear tubes?

How to relieve pain with ear tubes?

Question: In general, a ventilation tube inserted into the ear drum for removal of fluid or to prevent recurrent ear infections should not hurt. Sometimes when water gets into the ear canal or antibiotic drops are inserted, they may possibly cause discomfort. Rarely the tube is pressing on the ear canal skin. Talk to your surgeon and ask him to reassure you. ...Read more