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Retracted Eardrum Treatment
Ear Fluid: There are numerous issues that contribute to ear fluid... Allergies, colds, viruses, indfections, sinusitis, deviated septums, barotitis from flying or scuba diving, nasal polyps, etc. Etc. I would consult an ENT specialist for answers. ...Read more
Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?
Will likely be fine.: Many perforated eardrums heal up on their own with no complications. He shouldn't be swimming or putting anything into his ear. If he's getting more pain or discharge from the ear or fevers, he needs to go in. Tell him if he loses his hearing, you'll just have to talk louder. Good luck! ...Read more
Could eardrum problem due to loud noise cause constant mild tinnitus and constant lighthead/balance problem?Is it curable?What kind of treatment?
Yes: I would not hesitate to get in to an ENT doctor. Treatment depends upon the symptoms, history and findings. I would assume that x-rays, possible cat scan and/or MRI may need to be done to give you a definitive answer as far as the prognosis. ...Read more
Yes: Antibiotic ear drops can be prescribed to treat outer and middle ear infections even with a perforation. Sometimes oral antibiotics are needed for middle ear infections alone or with the drops. The other pressing issue is the "holes" you were born with. That is unusual and you should see an ENT doctor for full exam and hearing test. ...Read more
Several: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Ruptured ear drum: It all depends on what caused it. If infection, may need an antibiotic if not draining well. If traumatic , should heal in 24 hours or so. If from a loud explosion, need to monitor your neuro exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can politics stop civilian ent's say surgery needed for mastotiditis & tore ear drum. Civ dr's refuse treatment when thy find out va caused it apr 201?
Gets complicated...: In general, the U.S. Is a free country, so a patient can select any doctor he wants to go to, and likewise, a doctor can select which patient he wants to treat. That makes life fair. Usually, if there is a complication after a surgery, that surgeon or another surgeon on the same team corrects the problems, instead of bringing an outside person into a problem situation. The va may have more rules. ...Read more
ETD vs scarring : If your eardrum is retracted due to imbalance of pressure, tubes should help. However, if it's been a longstanding problem and your drums are scarred, they may not be enough. Check with an ENT who does a good deal of ear surgery (otologist) for the best advice. ...Read more
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