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Is unilateral serous otitis media in an adult a concern?

Is unilateral serous otitis media in an adult a concern?

Not: "SERIOUS" but should be treated to avoid hearing loss. It can be treated with a combination of nasal spray and oral decongestants! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

A bacterial infection behind the ear drum, often occuring after an upper respiratory infection causes a build up of fluid. Usually gets better on its own, but if there is severe pain, fever, or bulging of the ear ...Read more


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Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...Read more

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Otitis externa with severe jaw pain is this typical?

Otitis externa with severe jaw pain is this typical?

Yes: Yes, an ear infection can cause jaw pain. As the infection gets treated, the jaw pain should also resolve, if not consider being seen. ...Read more

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Can a little fluid behind ear drum be a sign of a sinus infection?

Can a little fluid behind ear drum be a sign of a sinus infection?

Yes: Fluid in the middle ear is a common sign of infection of the sinuses, ears, and upper respiratory tract. It can also be present in seasonal allergies, jaw/ear/nose inflammation or the aftermath of underwater activities. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Acute otitis media with no perforation of tympanic membrane week ago. Done with amoxicillin. Ear still feels full and itchy. Normal?

Diagnosed with Acute otitis media with no perforation of tympanic membrane week ago. Done with amoxicillin. Ear still feels full and itchy. Normal?

Not uncommon: The accumulation of middle ear fluid and debris is part of the ear infection process. It can sometimes persist for a few weeks after all the germs are dead.During that period your Eustachian tube function should eventually return and allow air back up into the space so you will hear/feel normal. ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Pain, hearing issue: In acute otitis there is pain, decrease hearing in kids fever, vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. In chronic form it decrease in hearing might be the only symptom. ...Read more

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Ear drum is pushed out with fluid. What is this called?

Ear drum is pushed out with fluid. What is this called?

Otitis media: Otitis media is ear fluid behind the ear drum. If it is pushed out, it is called "bulging". If the fluid is yellow, 75 to 85% of the time there will be bacteria there. If there is fever, pain and certainly under 2 years of age when the immune system is not great, it should be treated with antibiotics. If patient is older and no pain, may want to wait to see if body will cure it on its own. ...Read more

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Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion? Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?

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

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Dizziness, mild tinnitus, congestion, no pain in ears, sensitivity to sharp noises. Is this an ear infection?

Dizziness, mild tinnitus, congestion, no pain in ears, sensitivity to sharp noises. Is this an ear infection?

It may be: The best course would be to go and get examined by an ENT physician. You may have some allergic reactions, sinusitis, labyrinthine dysfunction or one of another dozen entities. Go and get seen. Hope you improve soon. ...Read more

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Brief episodes of vertigo, ear fullness, ear ache, and pulsatile tinnitus in left ear for two months (started after a cold with bronchitis). Also, conductive hearing loss in left ear. Outer ear and tympanic membrane look fine. Neur. exam. fine.

Brief episodes of vertigo, ear fullness, ear ache, and pulsatile tinnitus in left ear for two months (started after a cold with bronchitis). Also, conductive hearing loss in left ear. Outer ear and tympanic membrane look fine. Neur. exam. fine.

Meniere's disease?: Are you having headaches as well? With vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears perhaps??) you've described 3/4 symptoms of Ménière's disease, the only last symptom being headaches on the side of the hearing loss and ringing in the ear. You'd need an MRI to know that the inner ears and brain in general look OK. Treatment for this is challenging. ...Read more

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What symptoms will arise with chronic middle ear fluid?

What symptoms will arise with chronic middle ear fluid?

Hearing loss: Hearing loss and a feeling of pressure in the ear are the symptoms of middle ear fluid. Pain is rare unless it is infected. ...Read more

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I have fluid in my ears rather than ear wax...I hear this means there is a dysfunction in my auditory tube. is that an ear infection? is it serious?

I have fluid in my ears rather than ear wax...I hear this means there is a dysfunction in my auditory tube. is that an ear infection? is it serious?

Serous otitis media: 'Fluid in the ears" as a result of eustachian tube dysfunction is not in and of itself an infection, but the trapped fluid can easily turn into one. This fluid is trapped behind the ear drum when the eustachian tube becomes ineffective at draining the middle ear space. Nasal steroids and/or decongestants are often used to improve functioning of the tube. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for chronic middle ear fluid?

Tibes: If you have had a middle ear ear effusion (fluid) for more than 3 or 4 months and you have a hearing loss of 20 to 30%, a very simple and safe procedure performed by any competent ENT doctor is an incision into the ear drum under local anesthesia, aspiration of the fluid, and insertion of a ventilation tube. ...Read more

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Ear that feels like there is fluid in it along with a sore throat, no pain in the ear. Could this still be an ear infection?

Ear that feels like there is fluid in it along  with a sore throat, no pain in the ear. Could this still be an ear infection?

EAR INFECTION: Yes it can be ear infection, which may be caused by viruses or bacteria you can only tell by looking at throat and ear drums you need to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Tugs At Ears (Definition)

A behavior where an infant or toddler pulls at their earlobes. This often occurs when child has an ear infection and/or ...Read more


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Otitis Media (Definition)

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