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Reflexology Treatments For Glue Ear
Hi my ear has been blocked about 8 months now I just want to know if there is an aloternative metrhod for Otovent Glue Ear Treatment. Like home made?
See an ENT: 8 months is a ridiculously long time to suffer with blocked ears. Please have you ears evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more
My daughter was offered grommets for treatment of glue ear. How well do grommets work n what r chances of g. Ear fixing itsself please?
Work well: The grommets, or pe tubes as we call them, work really well. If the thick fluid behind the eardrum has been there a couple of months, then it can cause decreased hearing, speech problems and other middle ear problems. ...Read more
Yes, it is very safe: Myringotomy with ear tubes is a very safe, nearly painless procedure that takes about 5 minutes under mask sedation. Tubes are recommended when fluid has persisted longer than 3 months and impairs the hearing, or when a child has had 4 painful middle ear infections in the past 6 months. For more information, see the video at http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=aitswaq711k. ...Read more
2.5 yr boy says 7 words. Has said 100.Rec. Lang. Is fine. History fam speech delay. Had glue ear. Autism r/o. Genetic test fine. Therapy didn't help. Worry?
Hearing?: Glue ear is generally diagnosed at surgery for tubes. Did he have tubes placed? Has he had a hearing test? I would ensure hearing is normal before focusing on the speech delay. If that is okay I would be sure to get another opinion of a pediatric speech therapist and potentially a pediatric ENT doctor. Also make sure his siblings aren't "talking for him". ...Read more
I believe so: The ear is an energetic microsystem that represents the body as a whole. It is represented as an upside down homunculus. This is the principle that auricular acupuncture is based on (first done in France). Small needles are placed in the ear over acupuncture points to effect the corresponding areas of the body. So, yes a piercing that is on a specific point - could have an impact. ...Read more
Not much: Options include using white noise machines or tinnitus masking earphones. The goal of these treatments is to train your brain not to notice the ringing. Sometimes medications can be prescribed - amitryptilline or valium - somewhat helpful. There was some hope that gingko biloba would help but it is also only somewhat helpful. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: Warm dark wet spaces such as a wet ear canal make an ideal breeding ground for bacteria such as pseudomonas and staph and these cause swimmers ear. Antibiotic / steroid drops are most effective in treating it. It is more common in people who clean their ears with qtips as wax protects the skin from infection. Another reason to not clean your ear canals. Only the very outside should be touched. ...Read more
My ears hurt a lot and it has been like that for a long time what could it be and what is the treatment?
We check for underlying causes such as earwax occluding the ear canals, hearing loss due to history of loud noise exposure or age-relates, medications, high blood pressure, head/neck injuries, head/neck tumors, TMJ disorder, etc.
Treatments will depend of whether the cause of tinnitus is treatable or not. ...Read more
Noise: Most causes of ringing is due to auditory nerve irritation or degeneration, although the means by which that occurs is quite variable. The most effective treatment is to play a sound source to distract you from the internal noise. A high-tech solution involves precise matching of the ringing tones and then to produce noise cancellation by reversing tonalities. ...Read more
No: Lots of stuff on the market, but none that I have seen work. ...Read more
Allergies!! should be evaluated (what's inside your PILLOWS!!!!)
Use a anti-histamine/decongestive at bedtime (eg Xyrtec -D)
Hope this helps!
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Depends what it is..: An "ear cold" does not have a strict medical definition and I would suspect could represent one of 2 things. One is a true bacterial infection of the middle ear (otitis media) which often can require antibiotics to clear up. Another would be eustachian tube dysfunction in which a cold or allergies can block the drainage tube of the ear and this can last until the cold resolves or longer 1-2 weeks. ...Read more
After a couple of 7 hr Flights from Hot climate have a hissing noise from ears especially at night time when in bed any treatment suggestions please?
What is swollen?: Need more information to answer this question appropriately. Is the swelling in the ear canal or in the external ear. Are there other symptoms? Have you had trauma to the area, been bitten by anything, are you allergic to some topical preparation, is is accompanied by redness, tenderness, and so on? Try an ice pack and if this doesn't work see your family doctor. ...Read more
Depends: Most traumatic perforations of the tympanic membrane (ear drum) heal spontaneously. Keep water out of the ear. If there is a hearing loss, vertigo or otorrhea (drainage), you must consult an otologist (ear doctor) for a more specific diagnosis and treatment. You should let us know the preceding event that led to the puncture and how large it is before specific treatment can be considered. ...Read more
Air into middle ear: When you lift weights. Your abdominal muscles tighten the pressure in the back of your nose increases, driving air into the middle ear via the eustachian tube. This is a normal physiological phenomenon. This is the best explanation I can give you. However, if the force of the air is great enough when you lift too much weight, theoretically, you could perforate your ear drum. Be careful. ...Read more
Discharge coming out: Of your external ear canal? Please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more
Biopsy: When it lasts that long, then it should be biopsied if we don't know the cause for it. That could be done either surgically or by a needle depending on the level of suspicious and the available pathology equipment and expertise. ...Read more