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How Long Does Fluid Behind Ear Drum Associated With Otitis Media With Effusion Last
Not needed: In general, fluid behind the ear drum by itself doesn't need an "antiseptic" or antibiotic. If the fluid is infected that is a different story and antibiotics can be helpful. If fluid formed because of a nasal or sinus infection then again an antibiotic can help. Most antibiotics in common use such as amoxil, augmentin, ceftin, (cefuroxime) Bactrim etc... Are helpful. ...Read more
Expert opinions? Which antiseptic drug can you recommend for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?
Confusing question: I am not aware of any antiseptic drugs used in the treatment of otitis media. However, we do use antibiotics.Those used vary by the age of the patient, the germ expected, personal allergy history and other factors derived by an office visit.Your pcp can sort this out. This site is not a substitute for an office evaluation when indicated. ...Read more
I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?
Recently i got told i had otitis media with effusion and ringing started in my left ear, does this ringing go away when the fluid drains out?
About how long does it take for otitis media with effusion to clear on average, and will the ringing in my left ear stop with it? It came from a uri.
Within 3 months: Typically ~90% of patients will clear the effusion within 3 months. Taking medications such as a topical decongestant (nasal steroids) may speed the recovery. If the effusion doesn't clear, then you should see an ENT to make sure the eustachian tube isn't blocked. An ear tube or a simple drainage procedure may be needed. For most patients w/o any other ear issues, the ringing should stop. ...Read more
Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion? Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?
Doctor's advice: Follow the advice and recommendations of the doctor who diagnosed and is treating the problem. If not under care of an otolaryngologist (ENT specialist), ask your doctor about a referral. Good luck. ...Read more
Went to doctors and have had otitis media with effusion for 2 weeks and going. How long can it take for ears to not feel full and fluid to drain?
2-4 weeks: after appropriate treatment is the general time frame for resolution. ...Read more
Long Otitis media, clear fluid discharge, pain, pressure, fever, 1 ear. 3 wks of Amoxil/Augm & 5 ds of prednisone did not clear it up. Ceftin (cefuroxime) ok next?
Ask your ENT: You should do whatever your doctor suggests, and hopefully you are seeing an ENT specialist. ...Read more
Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube.Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent.( tubes). ...Read more
The doctor diagnosed me with acute suppurative otitis media. how long will it take to heal? my ear is still blocked after 7 days of medication.
Varies: The germs are usually all killed by the end of antibiotic treatment. For it to be there to begin with there is mucus retained behind the ear drum which contains germs and pus cells. This must liquefy and drain from the middle ear which can take weeks. Hearing is usually muffled until the mucous is gone and air returns to the middle ear space. ...Read more
What is a good sleeping position to help drain fluid in middle ear? I'm currently having acute otitis media. What are to dos and not to dos. Thank yo
Update from my last question, I meant to say that I have inflammation in the ear canal and it's covered by some yellowish crusty stuff, is this a case of otitis media?, its been going on for 3 days, is it serious?
Otitis Externa: Inflammation of the canal is more likely otitis externa and it can have a discharge. Bacterial ear infxn needs to be treated with abx which will require a trip to a doctor. Externa can be serious in patients with diabetes or immunosuppression. Drainage for 3 days should be treated seriously. Likely you'll get a rx for abx drops +/- pills and perhaps a wik in the canal if bad. Hope this helps! ...Read more
What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold i had last week, i went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge
You : You should consult with an ENT in your area. Many times, an episode of acute otitis media will result in a middle ear effusion (fluid behind the eardrum) that may take much more time to resolve than the actual acute infection. I would make sure you have been given the appropriate medications from the er (you did not state what was given) usually an antibiotic aimed at appropriate/common bacteria that cause middle ear infections, and sometimes steroids are prescribed. Unless you had a perforation, ear drops are not effective. It sounds as if your pain has improved, so you are probably resolving the acute infection. The decreased hearing may persist in some cases for weeks after the initial infection, however, a good exam, as well as an audiogram will be helpful in determining where you are in the course of the disease, as well as any potential complications and time course until resolution. In some instances (for example, after a period of observation (3-6 weeks) without any improvement) a small incision in the eardrum may be necessary to alleviate pressure and inflammation and drain the fluid from the middle ear. But that course is, thankfully, usually unnecessary. For now, see your local otolaryngologist, and make sure that you are on the right medicaitons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have acute otitis media as well as eustachian tube dysfunction and have noticed a painful swollen area behind my ear...Is this normal? What can help
Possible lymph node: If it a small pea to marble sized lump, it is likely a lymph node that has become swollen in response to the infection. Motrin should help and it should resolve as the infection resolves. If the whole area is swollen, you should see your doctor as this may represent a very rare, but possibly dangerous complication of an ear infection - mastoiditis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get a middle ear fungal infection after serous otitis media has cleared out? And how long is safe to let it set as my ENT appointment is march
Yes: With serous otitis, clear fluid in the middle ear space has not drained properly and pressure causes the eardrum to bulge. After drainage, fluid left can become infected. Fungal infections are unusual. If you are concerned, see you ENT asap. If you cannot see him/her within next 48-72 hours, see a primary care doctor. If fever/chills, nausea/vomiting, extreme ear/head/jaw pain go to emergency dept. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got diagnosed with serous otitis media along with a upper respiratory infection, will Mucinex (guaifenesin) speed up the drainage, and how long will my ear ring?
Up to weeks: It could take up to 6 weeks. See your doctor. ...Read more
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