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How Long Does Vertigo Associated With Otitis Media With Effusion Last
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
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
Is Neurontin (gabapentin) 300 mg po tid a very safe drug to take given for inflamed nerve after tooth extraction and otitis media and slite vertigo?
Neurontin (gabapentin): Neurontin (gabapentin) is an excellent medication for nerve pain related to the tooth extraction. The dosage of 300 mg three times a day is high for people not used to taking neurontin and you may feel drowsy and unbalanced. It is a safe drug and allergic reactions are uncommon. Some people will develop swelling in the extremities and weight gain over a few weeks of taking the medication. Read more
Antibiotic: Although there is some discussion about antibiotic treatment in otitis media, it is still the most common standard of care in treatment of a localized infection. The 'with effusion' just means there is fluid under pressure in the middle ear. If antibiotic treatment alone is ineffective over 3 months, many doctors recommend pe tubes. Read more
Asthma: Have the child be evaluated by the pediatrician. May need antibiotics as any ENT infection can worsen asthma symptoms and make your little one miserable. If the child had seen a physician and is still symptomatic then take him/ her back if they are not getting better. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?
I have otitis media with effusion and my ears have been slightly popping all morning when swallowing, is this good or bad?
Likely improving: Eustachian tube allows middle ear mucous to drain into the throat & air to circulate behind the ear drum. As the infection begins to clear, you will often have periods when the tube opens for a period letting air in (popping) or periods where it is still full of fluid or closed. I see the feature as a sign things are improving. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does salt and caffeine make tinnitus from otitis media with effusion louder or is it not the same as tinnitus from nerve damage?
Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion? Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?
Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help. Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help. However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained. Infants should see their doc. Read more
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