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Serous otitis adult: I have a serous otitis . I will have had 3 days of treatment before i take the plane. Is it ok?
Probably not: A serous effusion in the middle ear is the result of inflammation of the eustachian tube. If you fly and can not equalize pressure through the tube, you may hemorrhage into the middle or inner ear and develop permanent hearing loss and severe vertigo. I would advise that an ENT doctor remove the fluid and insert a ventilation tube before you fly or cancel the flight and wait. ...Read more
Nothing specific: Serous otitis starts as normal fluid made on the walls of the middle ear that fails to exit through the eustachian and the throat. Any structural, irritant, allergic or infectious process that causes the eustachian tube to swell can trigger this. It can last for weeks or months before resolving. It could become secondarily infected and become a true ear infection requiring antibiotics. ...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
What's the best way to clear up serous otitis media. I have been doing everything the after hrs NP told me. How long will it take for fluid to drain?
See Your Doctor: Fluid behind the eardrum can persist for 6 to 12 weeks in many patients; is usually self-limited. A watchful waiting approach is all that is necessary for most. Nasal Steroid sprays may be beneficial in speeding up the process in some cases. If resolution does not occur, then referral to an ENT specialist for drainage and tube placement may be necessary. See your doctor for follow-up and treatment plan. ...Read more
How long does ringing in ears last after serous otitis media has cleared? I still have ringing after almost all of the fluid is gone, a little worried
I have serous otitis & retracted eardrums.wont get nasal spray for a few days.anything i can do until i get meds.buzzing sounds in both ears.no pain?
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