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Is Vertigo A Symptom Of Otitis Media With Effusion
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
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
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
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
Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...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
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
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
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
Fluid in ear: Serous otitis media is simply fluid in the middle ear (behind the ear drum). It can be caused by allergies or viral infections. If fluid stays in this area, it may become infected and need to be treated, but the serous fluid usually clears up on its own. You may have a blocked feeling in your ears, feel pressure, or popping in your ears. ...Read more
Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks
?? Dangerous??: I would consider it unusual and a nuisance but not dangerous. If it led to a perforated ear drum, those do take much longer to heal and may require surgery. Adults who get acute otitis generally did so as kids, and many have allergic and or sinus issues that predispose to the problem. I can't buy a cancer or immune defect as a significant factor. ...Read more
I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?
For 2014, I'm on my 8th antibiotic for otitis media w/o effusion. What can be done to stop getting these painful infections?
Otitis media: It sounds like the antibiotics are not clearing your infection. Ask your doctor for a referral to an ear specialist. If the infection is that difficult to treat with antibiotics, the specialist may recommend ear tubes. Simple exercises such as blowing up your cheeks with your mouth closed and swallowing may help. ...Read more
Abx needed? 3 1/2 year old with 3 day fever spiking to 104 at nighttime s/p croup and subsequent otitis media. When to start abx?
When warrented: Fever by itself is not an indication for abx. Persistence of fever is an indication for a review of the history, thorough exam & testing if indicated. When evaluation finds a treatable condition, abx can be selected based on the agents suited for that finding and started immediately. ...Read more
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection. ...Read more
Some debate: I would recommend seeing a doctor to establish the diagnosis. Then you may benefit from antibiotics, as well as other medicines to help the underlying cause. Don't recommend ignoring it. ...Read more