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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
Yes: It can cause dizzyness and vertigo.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
See below: Ear examination with an otoscope. And some people will perform tympanometry. This produces a graph that can aid in the diagnosis. ...Read more
Are there any key symptoms to look for to see if otitis media with effusion is starting to clear up?
Otitis: Genially if your ear starts to pop this is a good sign. Improving hearing also would indicate improvement. ...Read more
Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...Read more
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
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 more
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?
Not usually: Barotrauma may perforate the tympanic membrane whereas infection can cause fluid to accumulate, with perforation a late consequence. Ent eval may be helpful. ...Read more
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
Otitis Media: The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2. Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked. ...Read more
Few days: Acute otitis media should feel better within 24-48 hours of treatment...Then the acute part is resolved. It can take 3-10 days to heal completely and occasionally one will have fluid behind the drum for a few weeks afterwards and that is fine. ...Read more
How long does ringing in ears last after serous otitis media has cleared? I still have ringing after almost all of the fluid is gone, a little worried
Timnitis: It does not seem to be the case. Either serous otitis not resolved completely or some other pathology. See a ENT specialist. ...Read more
7-10 days: Most cases of otitis media resolve with antibiotics within 7-10 days, but fluid may last up to 1 month. Hearing loss usually accompanies this diagnosis, so if your hearing is down in the affected ear, your diagnosis is probably accurate. Try decongestants and popping your ears to clear the fluid faster and finish your antibiotics. ...Read more
What's the best way to clear up serous otitis media. I have been doing everything the after hrs NP told me. How long will it take for fluid to drain?
See Your Doctor: Fluid behind the eardrum can persist for 6 to 12 weeks in many patients; is usually self-limited. A watchful waiting approach is all that is necessary for most. Nasal Steroid sprays may be beneficial in speeding up the process in some cases. If resolution does not occur, then referral to an ENT specialist for drainage and tube placement may be necessary. See your doctor for follow-up and treatment plan. ...Read more
Depends on the adult: Most infections resolve in 10 days. Sometimes fluid behind the eardrum can last a few weeks. Chiropractic and craniosacral therapy can help clear that. ...Read more
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