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What is the best treatment for fluid behind the eardrum in an adult?

Decongestants

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things that improve eustachian tube function include decongestants, nasal steroid sprays, oral steroids (ex Prednisone), and nasal decongestants (ex. Afrin)
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Dr. Laura McMullen answered:

How can you eliminate chronic fluid build up behind eardrum. What causes this in 6 year olds Not a swimmer, no sinus respiratory issues, ongoing since January Fluid won't go away,we have had 9 trips to pediatrician with either ear infection or just fluid

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Chronic ear fluid is a common problem for a lot of kids. Because the eustachian tube (the tube that drains the ear into the throat) is narrow and winding in kids, it can often stop draining properly and cause chronic fluid or frequent ear infections. The good news is that as children grow, the tubes grow also becoming wider and straighter to allow for proper drainage for most adults. The bad news is that this doesn't happen overnight. Since there are no medications shown to alleviate the pressure or drain the fluid from behind the ear drum, it has to be done with a suction and/or ear tubes. You can try giving motrin or tylenol for the ear discomfort, but the fluid will either have to drain out on its own (unlikely given your son's history) or drain out when the tube is placed. Legal Disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.
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Dr. David Martin answered:

How long does it take to get rid of fluid behind the eardrum?

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If the fluid does not go away within about two weeks, it usually does not resolve on its own. If this is the case, see an ENT for treatment.
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Should I be worried about fluid behind the eardrum?

Fluid in ears

Typically, it is not a big problem. Many groups feel that we should only treat it with decongestants. If it becomes very painful or your hearing is seriously affected, I would see your doctor or ENT.
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I want the name of Dr excellent extraction surgery fluid behind the eardrum?

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I don't know what you mean with this question. If you have fluid behind the ear drum, any Ear Nose and Throat doctor should be able to help you. This is a very routine issue in ENT practice.
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Dr. David S. Kam answered:

Yesterday i was told by my doctor that i have fluid behind the eardrum today it is more painful do i need antibotics. ?

May be

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If you have a hearing lost in the same ear and the effusion is purulent!
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Dr. John McMahan answered:

Fluid behind eardrum. What is the recommended 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.
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How to know if I have fluid behind my eardrum? I can make a fluid/watery sound everytime I want. Also comes when swallowing/chewing. Is that it?

Fluid = hearing loss

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Fluid behind your ear drum leads to hearing loss. What you are describing is either incomplete wax impaction of your ear canal or an issue with ear pressurization or both. See an ENT for evaluation.
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ENT diagnosed fluid behind eardrum & ringing in rt. ear. Audiogram - hearing loss. Treated w/ prednisone. No change. Also, have Lupus. What now?

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Hello, unfortunately we do not have any medical therapy at our disposal to immediately remove the fluid behind your eardrum. If your fluid has been present beyond 3 months or if your symptoms are worsening (associated dizziness, infection, worsening hearing) then a surgical procedure to insert tubes may be recommended.
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My right ear has been blocked for two weeks, the ENT said I have fluid behind my eardrum, what can I do to help remedy?

Pop your ears

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Assuming you don't have a past history of ear problems this is likely a temporary issue. Pinch your nose and blow to clear your ears, just like on an airplane. Many ENT docs will use an oral steroid and then, if the fluid does not clear, make a small. temporary hole in the eardrum to drain the fluid.
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