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Dr. Alexander Gorup
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Can water behind the eardrum clearup on its own?

Dr. Alexander Gorup
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Can water behind the eardrum clearup on its own?

Simple answer: Simple answer is yes. Depends on many things. Still need to get seen by ENT to see if waiting is all that is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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How long does it take to get rid of water behind the eardrum?

Dr. Bernstein Joel
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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How long does it take to get rid of water behind the eardrum?

It is not water: The fluid in the middle ear is not water. It is usually blood serum secondary to negative pressure from Eustachian tube blockage. At 43 years of age it is probably the result of a viral infection. I would wait no more than 3 weeks. If not spontaneously resolved by then, see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Kamran Janjua
Board Certified, Radiology
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Does MRI show if I have water behind the eardrum, and does doctors knows also if I do has this, or only special machine can detect this?

Dr. Kamran Janjua
Board Certified, Radiology
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Does MRI show if I have water behind the eardrum, and does doctors knows also if I do has this, or only special machine can detect this?

Yes: An MRI can show fluid behind the eardrum as well as within the surrounding mastoid air cells and petrous bones. A higher resolution exam would be a ct scan of the temporal bones. I will see about including images of that kind of study on my site so you can see what they look like. Feel free to check here in the next few days: http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/ct-scan-images.Html. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
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Can water be behind eardrum for months if it hasn't taken out, or it should be dried by itself?

Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
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Can water be behind eardrum for months if it hasn't taken out, or it should be dried by itself?

Otitis media: Fluid behind the eardrum may persist for up to 12 weeks following inflammation. Medications are not particularly good at clearing this up although decongestants may make you feel better. If you have persistent symptoms it is best to see someone. Ear tubes may be indicated for some. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Koos
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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How to get rid of water behind eardrum?

Dr. Steven Koos
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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How to get rid of water behind eardrum?

Middle Ear Effusion: Can have several causes (ie viral infection, bacterial infection, blocked eustachian tube, lining of middle ear produces too much fluid) and can be independent from otitis media (ome) often happens after cold and the fluid can remain even several months after resolution of ear infection. Important to have otolaryngologist perform otoscopic exam and diagnose cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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I have frequent ear irritation/inflammation related to moisture. I appear to get water behind my eardrum. Do I have a hole and can it be easily fixed ?

Dr. Franklyn Gergits
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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I have frequent ear irritation/inflammation related to moisture.  I appear to get water behind my eardrum.  Do I have a hole and can it be easily fixed ?

Ear Irritation: Greetings, has a doctor told you that you have fluid behind your eardrum? It may feel like water is behind but it could be pressure changes you are sensing. Outer ear infection toons are often called swimmers ear because they are linked to water exposure. The only way to know for sure if a hole exists is to see your ENT doctor. Use a hair dryer on low and aim into your ear to dry moisture daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Sterling
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Water behind eardrum given Augmentin 500-125 on 12/30/15. Better but spinning head when laying down/getting up today. Part of healing??? Prior infe

Dr. Robert Sterling
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Water behind eardrum given Augmentin 500-125 on 12/30/15.  Better but spinning head when laying down/getting up today.  Part of healing???  Prior infe

See The Spin Doctor: Sounds like there's an imbalance in there. More fluid on one side than the other. Leads to an illusion of motion. It's called 'vertigo.' So the infection is most likely gone but all the fluid from the inflammation hasn't been resorbed yet and/or is doing so unevenly. You should get better in a short while. Try Dramamine (no Rx needed). If that does not help, see your doctor. Try not to drive yet. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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I have a cold and I was flying. On landing, my ears had a sharp and now I can't hear and there is still some pain. It sounds like water behind eardrum?

Dr. Louis Gallia
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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I have a cold and I was flying. On landing, my ears had a sharp and now I can't hear and there is still some pain. It sounds like water behind eardrum?

Barotrauma: Barotrauma from eustachian tube dysfunction from cold and changes in air pressure when flying. A few tips: chew gum, inhale, and then gently exhale while holding the nostrils closed and the mouth shut; suck on candy, yawn. If no relief, try antihistamines and decongestants by mouth. If still no relief, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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Dizziness Day 3. Water behind eardrum, 5 days on antibiotic. My first chiro adjust done same day Low back and a sort of soft gun on neck. Dizzy from?

Dr. Ira Katz
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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Dizziness Day 3.  Water behind eardrum, 5 days on antibiotic. My first chiro adjust done same day Low back and a sort of soft gun on neck. Dizzy from?

Middle Ear Problem: The dizziness is most likely from irritation of the middle are from the fluid. If you have no contraindications a decongestant like pseudophedrine could help, a very short course of a nasal decongestant (after about three days the can cause rebound & make things worse when stopped) or nasal steroids may help. It is a little unusual for adult to get ear effusions & this should be checked too. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
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Coconut oil safe to use in ear daily for ear pressure? Pain/water behind eardrum currently on antibiotics but ear pressure remains.

Dr. Randy Baker
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Coconut oil safe to use in ear daily for ear pressure?  Pain/water behind eardrum currently on antibiotics but ear pressure remains.

Yes, safe but...: Yes, coconut oil is safe to use but unlikely to help this much. It does have some antimicrobial properties but ear pressure is most likely related to allergies & inflammation around the eustachian tube. Antibiotics may not help much either. Avoiding dairy & wheat may help as well as treating allergies. Consider homeopathy & seeing a cranial osteopath. ...Read more

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