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Dr. John Goldenberg
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
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What is the best treatment for fluid behind the eardrum in an adult?

Dr. John Goldenberg
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
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What is the best treatment for fluid behind the eardrum in an adult?

Decongestants: Things that improve eustachian tube function include decongestants, nasal steroid sprays, oral steroids (ex prednisone), and nasal decongestants (ex. Afrin). ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. John McMahan
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
43 years in practice
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Fluid behind eardrum. What is the recommended treatment?

Dr. John McMahan
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
43 years in practice
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Ear Fluid: There are numerous issues that contribute to ear fluid... Allergies, colds, viruses, indfections, sinusitis, deviated septums, barotitis from flying or scuba diving, nasal polyps, etc. Etc. I would consult an ENT specialist for answers. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Anon
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
962 people helped
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Could you explain the surgical treatment for a "collapsed" (retracted) eardrum, please?

Dr. Jack Anon
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
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Could you explain the surgical treatment for a "collapsed" (retracted) eardrum, please?

Depends.......: The usual first step for treating a retracted eardrum is placement of an "ear tube". This can frequently allow the air pressure of the ear to return to normal. If the problem is too severe, then a more formal operation to fix and support the eardrum could be done. An ear tube may still be required. There are some centers that are doing a balloon procedure on the eustachian tube. ...Read more

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Board Certified, Family Medicine
9 years in practice
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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Board Certified, Family Medicine
9 years in practice
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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Will likely be fine.: Many perforated eardrums heal up on their own with no complications. He shouldn't be swimming or putting anything into his ear. If he's getting more pain or discharge from the ear or fevers, he needs to go in. Tell him if he loses his hearing, you'll just have to talk louder. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Board Certified, Dentistry
40 years in practice
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Could eardrum problem due to loud noise cause constant mild tinnitus and constant lighthead/balance problem?Is it curable?What kind of treatment?

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Board Certified, Dentistry
40 years in practice
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Could eardrum problem due to loud noise cause constant mild tinnitus and constant lighthead/balance problem?Is it curable?What kind of treatment?

Yes: I would not hesitate to get in to an ENT doctor. Treatment depends upon the symptoms, history and findings. I would assume that x-rays, possible cat scan and/or MRI may need to be done to give you a definitive answer as far as the prognosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Toddler with perforated eardrum, what is the proper treatment?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Toddler with perforated eardrum, what is the proper treatment?

See doctor: Typically we use ear drops and/or oral antibiotics and follow up in 10-14 days to be sure it is healed. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
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Can there be treatment for an ear infection in someone who was born with holes in the eardrum?

Dr. William Culviner
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
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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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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Treatments for chronic ear infection / bulging eardrum?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Treatments for chronic ear infection / bulging eardrum?

Several: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Dr. David Martin
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
23 years in practice
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How long does it take to get rid of fluid behind the eardrum?

Dr. David Martin
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
23 years in practice
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How long does it take to get rid of fluid behind the eardrum?

Otitis: If the fluid does not go away within about two weeks, it usually does not resolve on its own. If this is the case, see an ENT for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
13 years in practice
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Just diagnosed with inner ear infection with fluid behind eardrum. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Dr. John Leander Po
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
13 years in practice
4M people helped
Just diagnosed with inner ear infection with fluid behind eardrum. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Otitis media?: Part 1: inflammation and fluid collecting behind the ear drum (this is actually is the "middle ear" area) is "otitis media" . This usually happens when one has a cold or respiratory infection (many times caused by viruses) where the eustacian tube, the opening that allows for fluid to drain from the middle ear into the throat, is closed up (or else an infection travel into the middle ear). ...Read more

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