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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction In Children
Hearing loss: Your eustachian tubes connect your space behind your eardrum to the back of your nose. If this tube stops working, then your ear can fill up with fluid or pressure. If it fills up with fluid, you have an effusion and your hearing decreases like you are underwater. If it fills with pressure, you may have ear pain. ...Read more
The main symptom is muffled or dulled hearing. You may also have ear pain because the eardrum is tensed and stretched. Other symptoms that may also develop include a feeling of fullness in the ear, ringing or buzzing in the ear (tinnitus) and dizziness. One or both ears may be affected.
See ENT doc to manage this problem. ...Read more
Varies: This is common after an episode of otitis media and can persist up to 3 months. However, there are people who live with it constantly and may need intervention such as placing an ear tube. Decongestants have not been shown to help but gentle ear popping can. Studies are looking into whether medicines like Flonase (an intranasal steroid) help or not. ...Read more
See ENT: To make the most accurate diagnosis see ENT who works with audiologist. Many conditions act like etd such as tmj. ...Read more
Eustachian tube: The only drugs you should use for this is the prescription from your primary doctor. ...Read more
Ear fullness: The eustachian tube is a muscular tube which connects the middle ear with the back of the nose. It 's function is to equalize the air pressure in the middle ear. It can dysfunction when it gets swollen or closed during a cold, allergies or barotrauma (pressure changes during flying or scuba diving). Decongestants may help. A consult with your doctor should be obtained before starting treatment ...Read more
ET tube not opening: Et dysfunction occurs usually because the tube that aerates the area behind you eardrum into your nasopharynx is blocked for some reason or another. The cure depends on the reason it is blocked. Cogestion from sinus disease, allergies, large or infected adenoids can cause it. If it is bothersome consider an ENT visit. ...Read more
Not likely.: Eustacian tube dysfunction is caused when the eustacian tube, which connects the ear to the nose, can not drain properly. This usually is caused by inflammation due to an ear infection, cold, sinus infection, allergies or the like. Looking down does not effect the angle of the tube, nor should it cause the tube to become clogged or inflamed in any way. ...Read more
For the first time I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and it brothers me since last week! How is it treated? Thank you.
Eustachian tube dysf: Nasal congestion due to allergies or infection can cause blockage of the tube that connect middle ear to the back of nose. Or even middle-ear to nose. You can auto-insufflation (pop ears) along with anti-histamine and decongestant to see if your ear fullness resolves. If not or gets acutely worse, you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more
Apart from colds, what other things cause eustachian tube dysfunction? I have been diagnosed with it and would like to know other causes.
See below: Anything that causes the lining of the nose to become irritated or inflamed-narrows the eustachian tub opening or passageway. Colds, allergies, pollution, smoke. Obesity can predispose one too. Very rarely is it a sign of more serious problems like nasal polyps, cleft palate or tumor. ...Read more
Please can you tell me if eustachian tube dysfunction which l have been diagnosed with could have been a result of sudden loud exposure to music?
No: Exposure to loud music does not affect how the eustachian tube works. The tube connects the nose with the middle ear space and loud music would have no effect on that. ...Read more
Yes You Can:
When you are in the plane you can chew gum. Yawn or drink liquids during take off and landing
If you suffer from allergies take your allrgy pill like Claritin or zyrtec and use steroid nasal drops if prescribed and take Sudafed if you do not suffer from hypertension
Allergy pills also come with Sudafed like claritinD24 HOURS ...Read more
Unusual: Eustachian tube dysfunction generally causes ear symptoms such as blocked hearing or ear ache and congestion in the rear of nasal passages is the mechanism of the dysfunction. In my experience headache is not seen in eustachian tube problems, but an otolaryngologist is more qualified to answer your question. ...Read more
Eustachian tube issu: Unlikely - mucinex - contains guafenesin - the same ingredient in Robitussin. It is a mucolytic - thins mucus out - and thus would NOT likely cause any issues with the eustachian tube that drains the inner ear into the back of the throat - A decongestant might help your situation ...Read more
Sinus: Eustachian tube issues usually occur in the context of a bad cold, allergies, plane flights or enlarged adenoids. Sinus issues rarely cause them unless there is a bad postnasal drip ...Read more
How serious is eustachian tube dysfunction? If untreated, could it get worse? Self-treating doesn't seem to help.
Eustachian tube: Hello, The lining in your nose continues into the eustachian tube. Any condition affecting your nose will in turn cause ear symptoms. I would recommend afrin nasal spray as directed for 5 days. Saline sinus rinse such as NeilMed works well. An otc decongestant can be used as directed thereafter for 7-10 days. If the symptoms persist, then see your ent. He/she may recommend steroids, tube placement ...Read more
What is the next step in treating eustachian tube dysfunction if the " long term" tubes fail? Obviously you can't keep having surgery every few years
Can repeat tubes: Actually, many people do get multiple sets of tubes throughout their adult life. There has been some papers on laser tuboplasty to surgically enlarge the eustachian tube and some attempts at stenting the et opening, but so far no consistently good results are available to alter practice patterns among most ENT doctors. It's a difficult problem with imperfect solutions at this point ...Read more
I have eustachian tube dysfunction. I have been to three EN T'S. What is the best way for my ear to be unblocked?
Blocked ears: Why do you have Eustacian Tube Dysfunction? That is not a real diagnosis, just the symptom. Do you have chronic inflammation perhaps due to allergies or physical obstruction from adenoids? Or do you have Patulous or collapsing ET? What have you been treated with so far? Have you been advised to have tubes placed? Do you get ear infections or just feel blocked but normal exam? See another ENT. ...Read more
NO: NO. It will help dry up mucus trapped in the eustachian tube. ...Read more
Ear tube issues: The two terms relate to the state of the eustacian tube and the consequences of that state. The patuous description implies the eustacian tube does not open and close in a normal manner. If you station tube is not open and close it is deemed to have dysfunction. This dysfunction may result in autophony, a sensation of hearing an echo in one's head. ...Read more
Yes: Blockage of the eustachian tube, can cause fluid build up in your middle ear, which could also cause issues with your inner ear, causing vertigo. If this is the cause, the treatment would be to either reduce the inflammation in the area, relieve the congestion or both. This is usually done with antibiotics, but I like to prescribe steroids. Keep in mind, that there are other things that can cause ...Read more
Not likely: This is an anatomical variance so you have had this your entire life by our headaches most likely are from another issue. For this you will need a thorough exam and some testing done ...Read more
Is the same: Normally the eustachian tube that connects middle ear to nasopharygeal area, remain closed in this condition it opens intermittently opens ...Read more
If I use Flonase for three weeks or 4 weeks to help treat Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and then I stop it. Will it cause me a problem?
No: It won't, you don't need to taper it, best wishes ...Read more
My ETN doctor prescribed me trypsine/chymotryosine tablets for my eustachian tube dysfunction. It is not helping me. What should I take?
Not helping: It is not what you should take - it is what you MUST discuss with the doctor who prescribed the medicines that do not seem to be helping you. ...Read more
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