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Effusion (Definition)

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What diagnostic procedure should a 38-year-old male have with unilateral middle ear effusion?

What diagnostic procedure should a 38-year-old male have with unilateral middle ear effusion?

None: If diagnosis is made, no diagnostic procedure needed. You may need a tympanogram or hearing test to see if there is any hearing loss. ...Read more

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Can there be vertigo with otitis middle ear effusion?

Can there be vertigo with otitis middle ear effusion?

Dizziness: Yes. Thebalancing mechanism in your earscan be affected and cause dizziness. ...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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How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

Otitis media: Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angle of the eustachian tube maximizes to prevent bacteria from reaching the middle ear. Unless etd occurs, an adult should outgro otitis media. ...Read more

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Chronic blocked eustachian tube in adults-my husband has had an implant in the art drum to try to drain the middle ear but this has blocked up again?

Chronic blocked eustachian tube in adults-my husband has had an implant in the art drum to try to drain the middle ear but this has blocked up again?

Tube may be plugged: Sometime pe (pressure equalization) tubes fail. When they do return of symptoms is common. Also, pe tubes can be expected to remain in the ear drum for months to years, depending on the type. He should be reevaluated by his ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Adult. Left ear — outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?

Adult. Left ear — outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?

Check first: Contact the doctor who prescribed the current treatment and explain the change in your condition. The ER is always "open," but being seen by the same doctor who treated the original condition is usually more helpful. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for otistis media with effusion? I have it and it is pretty disturbing with the fullness in my ears.

What is a good treatment for otistis media with effusion? I have it and it is pretty disturbing with the fullness in my ears.

See below: Otitis media with effusion(OME) is less common in adults than in children. In children, it follows acute otitis media. In adults, it's usually due to Eustachian tube dysfunction. ETD can be the result of sinusitis, allergy, deviated septum, nasopharyngeal tumor, large tonsils or adenoids or frequent URI's. Antibiotics and corticosteroids/decongestants not usually helpful SEE: http://bit.ly/2bOuEer ...Read more

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I have chronic otitis media with effusion (glue ear), what to do?

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

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I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

Tinnitus and Otitis: Yes. Generally the ringing in the ears will subside once the otitis abates and the fluid is absorbed. Tinnitus is very annoying, so let's hope it disappears sooner than later! ...Read more

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I have otitis media with effusion and my ears have been slightly popping all morning when swallowing, is this good or bad?

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 thing are improving. ...Read more

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Recently I got told I had otitis media with effusion and ringing started in my left ear, does this ringing go away when the fluid drains out?

Usually yes: Otitis media is an ear infection. In bacterial ear infections, it can take a month for the fluid in the ear to completely resolve. The fluid may be causing the ringing. If the ringing does not go away, you should be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Feel fluid sloshing around when I move my head around in left ear only. Ear muffled--cannot hear well. I have tinnitus. Is this shl or etd or effusion?

Feel fluid sloshing around when I move my head around in left ear only. Ear muffled--cannot hear well. I have tinnitus. Is this shl or etd or effusion?

Ear fluid: Hello. The answer to your question is that each possibility could exist. A complete audiometric evaluation with a tympanogram could help answer your questions. See your ENT who will review these questions in more detail. ...Read more

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

Can barotrauma from an airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion?  Do they look similar on an ear exam with an 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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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 an uri.

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 an 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

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Diag. By ENT w left ear effusion w fullness/some loss hearing x2 mo. No pain/no history infections. Steroids/antibiotic x2wks w/o change. History mono. Cancer?

Diag. By ENT w left ear effusion w fullness/some loss hearing x2 mo. No pain/no history infections. Steroids/antibiotic x2wks w/o change. History mono. Cancer?

Not likley: It would be rare for a cancer to present as an effusion in the middle ear. If it has not resolved with the prescribed treatment, you may wish to see your ENT again. ...Read more

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Tumor in the middle ear? Never heard of it.

Uncommon: There are some benign and malignant tumors that are rare, and conditions such as polyps and granulomas that some people may consider tumors. ...Read more

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What is the cause of deep itching in middle ear?

What is the cause of deep itching in middle ear?

YOU MEAN EAR CANAL: You can feel pressure or pain in the middle ear which is on the other side of your ear drum
you can have itching in the ear canal due to 1 allergies
2 too much or not enough ear wax
3fungal infections more common in swimmers
4skin conditions like eczema, seborrhic dermatitis;psoriasis
5 buggs sometimes bugs can enter the ear canal at night
never try to insert anything in ears to scratch. See md. ...Read more

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Can someone with mal de disembarkment syndrome have fluid in the middle ear?

Can someone with mal de disembarkment syndrome have fluid in the middle ear?

Mal de Mer??: It is possible to have fluid in the middle ear to cause this or just feel sea sick and not being on the boat after disembarking. Dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea can be caused by many things. Fluid in middle ear might have been caused by having a cold or sinus problem and not being on a ship. If symptoms do not improve being on land for 24 hours see your family physician or sooner if worse. ...Read more

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Are there any tips or advice to help drain fluid from the middle ear or do I simply have to wait and watch.?

Are there any tips or advice to help drain fluid from the middle ear or do I simply have to wait and watch.?

Sudafed may help: Sudafed is a decongestant that may help dry out your mucous membranes, including your middle ear. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC to drain fluid from middle ear from a cold it's been over 10days still build up of fluid?

What is the best OTC to drain fluid from middle ear from a cold it's been over 10days still build up of fluid?

Best: is to keep drainage "tubes"(Eustacian tubes) open with a combination of nasal spray (EG: Neosynephrine) plus oral decongestant (Phenylephrine) ASK YOUR PHARMACIST FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Hope this is helpful....remember the old saying "If you do NOT treat a cold it will last for 7 days..if you treat it it will only last a week"
Hope this is helpful!
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