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How Long Should Otitis Media Last
Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...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
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
Do I need to report otitis media as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?
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
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
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
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