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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Long Ears (Overview)

= lengthy pinna or auricle.


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Can having fluid in my ear cause long term problems if untreated?

Maybe: It usually resolves by itself, occasionally you can develop hearing problems. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
7 Doctors shared insights

Long Ears (Overview)

= lengthy pinna or auricle.


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Why do old folks have big & long ears?

Why do old folks have big & long ears?

Not all do: As we age our ears and our noses continue to grow. Some grow larger than others. Some seem larger than others especially in people who have lost a fair amount of weight. ...Read more

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Living a Long Life (Checklist)

Get a flu shot if you have asthma, diabetes, or if you are on dialysis
once
Update your Tdap vaccine every ten years
once
Visit your travel clinic for pre-travel shots
once
Make sure your kids get the HPV vaccine series to prevent serious problems
once
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How long will it take to get rid of swimmer's ear?

How long will it take to get rid of swimmer's ear?

Otitis externa 3days: Avoid any further trauma to the ear. Do not attempt to remove visible debris or drainage from the ear
stop swimming or exposure to water until the condition improves
apply heat to the ear to control the pain at home
if the person is not allergic to these, try a over-the-counter pain medicines such as aspirin, Ibuprofen (such as advil)
ear drops must be obtain with a prescription from a doctor. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or a shower cap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use acetaminophen or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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Why do old folks have big & long ears?

Not all do: As we age our ears and our noses continue to grow. Some grow larger than others. Some seem larger than others especially in people who have lost a fair amount of weight. ...Read more

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Advantages/disadvantages of having long ears?

Pt preference: There are really no advantages or disadvantages of having long ears. As long as your hearing is adequate/normal, the size of the ear is purely a physical trait, like someone having a larger nose, etc. Some people may find long ears attractive, so I guess that could be an advantage. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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I have a room mate who snores all night long. Ear plugs are hurting my ears. Advice?

I have a room mate who snores all night long. Ear plugs are hurting my ears. Advice?

Sleep apnes: Talk to your roommate about sleep apnea and the need to be evaluated. This is done with a sleep study. You may be saving your roommates life. ...Read more

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My mom broke her ear drum membrane and needs to have a long ear surgery. What are the risks involved?

My mom broke her ear drum membrane and needs to have a long ear surgery. What are the risks involved?

Discuss with surgeon: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Amoxicillin/augmentin & ear drops have not relieved my month long ear pain. I'm seeing my ENT on Thurs, & am wondering what the next steps might be.

Amoxicillin/augmentin & ear drops have not relieved my month long ear pain. I'm seeing my ENT on Thurs, & am wondering what the next steps might be.

Ent: The next is whether or not you are infected or the pain is refered. Also you may have a resistant infection and wil need tubes ...Read more

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Why do old people all have long, big ears?

Why do old people all have long, big ears?

Ears keep growing: German studies demonstrated after the very rapid growth that occurs until about age 10 there is fairly linear growth of the external ear throughout life. In all parameters studied, female ears showed less increase in post adult growth than male ears. ...Read more

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Left side by ear hurts bad for long time ear is ok dr says it's becoming unbearable?

Left side by ear hurts bad for long time ear is ok dr says it's becoming unbearable?

Severe pain near ear: For pain this severe, perhaps you should seek out another doctors opinion and diagnosis to help you. There must be a reason for the pain. It may not be related to your ear. ...Read more

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Efficacy of ear drops? How long should ear drops take to control an infection?

Efficacy of ear drops? How long should ear drops take to control an infection?

A few days: Ear drops will not help an otitis media, an infection behind the ear drum. They should be helpful within a few days for swimmer's ear (otitis externa), infectious drum blisters (bullous myringitis), or acute otitis media with ear drum rupture. Sometimes the canal swelling in swimmer's ear is so severe that the drops can't get in to work so a wick may be needed in the canal to pull in the drops. ...Read more

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When I chew gum too long, my ear pops and it hurts. Why does this happen?

When I chew gum too long, my ear pops and it hurts. Why does this happen?

TMJ: Chewing gum is bad for the TMJ (joint).
The longer you chew gum the harder it becomes and the harder you chew which
adversely effects the tmj.
Don't chew it as long. ...Read more

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How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed? My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.

Common to shead: Tubes often fall out after 6+ months but may stay functional & in place much longer. I see little reason to get them out unless there problems. I don't like them swimming in the lakes or ponds with tubes but home pools are generally ok. Some ent's would pull them now if you are concerned. You may want to wait until spring to bypass another respiratory season. ...Read more

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How long after ears become completely blocked (due to cold) does fluid begin to build up? Can hearing loss be permanent? Could the eardrum burst?

How long after ears become completely blocked (due to cold) does fluid begin to build up? Can hearing loss be permanent? Could the eardrum burst?

Variable. No. Rare: Depends on the course of your disease. Sometimes no fluid builds up. Hearing loss is temporary. Eardrum would only burst if you developed pus in the middle ear and pressure built up. Rare.
Use OTC decongestants. Ask your MD about antibiotics. If no improvement, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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How long after ear wax removal for tinnitus to go away?

How long after ear wax removal for tinnitus to go away?

May not be related: Tinnitus is most likely unrelated to the presence of wax in the outer ear canal. Consequently, removing the wax may not be very beneficial. Tinnitus is unfortunately notoriously difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Think I've had a cold how long can ears feel stuffy n pressure but Drs check ears said no fluid no etd really worried it's inner ear issues?

Think I've had a cold how long can ears feel stuffy n pressure but Drs check ears said no fluid no etd really worried it's inner ear issues?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, facial numbness, pressure and ear pain and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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For how long do ear infections last?

For how long do ear infections last?

Ear infections: Under treatment they last 2-3 days;without treatment 7-10 days. ...Read more

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How long do ear infections typically take to resolve?

How long do ear infections typically take to resolve?

Days to Weeks: In children the symptoms should clear in 2-3 days. The fluid present even with antibiotics may take 3-4 weeks. Thus some experts suggest followup exams to make sure the ear is 100% healed sebveral weeks following the onset of the infection. ...Read more

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Generally, how long is ear surgery in children? Our daughter was born with prominent ears. She is four now and we would like to have them corrected before she starts school so she won't have to face the ridicule of other kids. I'm concerned about her bein

Generally, how long is ear surgery in children? Our daughter was born with prominent ears. She is four now and we would like to have them corrected before she starts school so she won't have to face the ridicule of other kids. I'm concerned about her bein

Safe surgery - 2 hrs: Preschool age is a common timing for ear setback or otoplasty procedures. It can be done in a younger or older child but the type of the procedure performed is different. The procedure takes about 2 hours and is under a general anesthetic. Children tolerate the procedure well and are extremely happy and more importantly do not face the ridicule of other kids. ...Read more

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How long does ear drainage last for a ruptured ear drum? Have 28 pills of amoxicillin from doctor, should it go away after I finish them?

How long does ear drainage last for a ruptured ear drum? Have 28 pills of amoxicillin from doctor, should it go away after I finish them?

Probably: A middle ear infection that burst your ear drum and is draining may be a more aggressive infection. Take the Amoxicillin as prescribed. Your drainage should significantly improve in 2 to 3 days. In that case take all of the pills as recommended. If not improving in a few days call the doctor, you may need something stronger. Call even sooner if you get a stiff neck or bad headache. ...Read more