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Doctor insights on: How Long Does It Take For Ear Tubes To Fall Out On Their Own

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How long to keep ear tubes in? How long does a child who was getting ear infections almost monthly need to keep ear tubes in? The doctor said they’d fall out by themselves, but what if they fall out too soon and he starts getting infections again?

How long to keep ear tubes in? How long does a child who was getting ear infections almost monthly need to keep ear tubes in? The doctor said they’d fall out by themselves, but what if they fall out too soon and he starts getting infections again?

Ear Tubes: The tubes usually stay in for about a year. They usually fall out by themselves. Most of the time once they come out the child will do fine. However if they start getting ear infections again or if they come out too early the tubes can be replace. It is a quick procedure with no significant complications and the kids recover quickly. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to have ear tubes in too long?

Is it likely bad to have ear tubes in too long?

Ear Tubes: For most pediatric patients, we typically recommend tubes only stay in place for a couple of years. Once they've been in for 2 years, i recommend consideration for removal. For adults who have tubes, keeping the tubes in for a longer period of time is quite common and necessary. It really depends on the underlying problem and the condition of the ear. Best to discuss with an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can you swim underwater when your ear tubes fall out?

Can you swim underwater when your ear tubes fall out?

Usually : You can swim with tubes in place in many cases. Once they fall out, unless there is a persistent hole in the ear, it should be fine to swim. Remember that most people who need tubes can't equalize their ear pressure well. This can mean that when you are deeper under water you will have a hard time clearing your ears, which can be painful. Certainly don't scuba dive unless you can clear your ears. ...Read more

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How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed?My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.

How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed?My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.

Common to shead: Tubes often fall out after 6+ months but may stay functional & in place much longer. I see little reason to get them out unless there problems. I don't like them swimming in the lakes or ponds with tubes but home pools are generally ok. Some ent's would pull them now if you are concerned.You may want to wait until spring to bypass another respiratory season. ...Read more

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RN told me to use Vicks sinex spray for 3weeks to help drain ear tubes after being on psedophedrine didn"t work, is it okay to use for that long?

RN told me to use Vicks sinex spray for 3weeks to help drain ear tubes after being on psedophedrine didn"t work, is it okay to use for that long?

Not good idea: Nasal decongestant sprays should only be used for about 3 days. Otherwise, a severe rebound congestion problem will occur and that creates a dependancy on the medication just to maintain normalcy. Sometimes topical nasal and or oral steroids are needed to break the congestion cycle. Best to see an ENT doctor for help. The eustachian tube problem will be alleviated with the same types of Rx. ...Read more

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3yr old daughter has ear tubes since 13mo old- ENT suggests surgery to remove tubes ...is this really necessary - can tubes be in too long?

3yr old daughter has ear tubes since 13mo old- ENT suggests surgery to remove tubes ...is this really necessary - can tubes be in too long?

Tubes: yes tubes can be in too long which can affect the ears with other complications. Tubes usually last about 2 yrs max, so since its been 3 yrs, if they can't take it out in the office, then they need to do it under sedation. ...Read more

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My head feels like there's pressure building, then i get waves of dizziness, symptoms go away when ears pop, what's happening? Had ear tubes long ago

My head feels like there's pressure building, then i get waves of dizziness, symptoms go away when ears pop, what's happening? Had ear tubes long ago

Keep them popping: It sounds like your eustachian tubes are not venting your ears until higher pressure has built up. Pressure in the middle ear pushes an oval membrane that separates the middle and inner ear. The inner ear has 3 tubes filled with fluid that help your brain keep your balance. When pressure is put on that fluid it confuses the brain and causes the dizziness. Popping helps releases the pressure. ...Read more

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Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

See Doctor: Given his history of recurrent ear infections and ear tube placement I would definitely have him seen by his pediatrician for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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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