Should I see an ENT doctor for recurrent ear infections, or continue to see my family doctor?

Recurrent otitis . Your 1ry care physician can treat you for otitis media but after several episodes it is time to consult an ENT to make sure why it is recurring, if you have fluid build up in your middle ear, you might need antibiotic prophylaxis or if the effusion in the middle ears does not resolve spontaneously you might need ear tubes to be inserted to equalize the ear pressure. Best wishes .
ENT MAY help. Ent may help with a recurrent problem e.g. Ear infections. You may need a 'ventilation tube' placed.

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My question is about my ear 8 days ago I was seen by my family doctor for ear trouble. She said " ear infection" remedy z-pack. Well the parscription has been taken and I still have pain in behind my jaw. Also have been out to california (driving truck)

Sometimes . Sometimes the inflammation from an ear infection can last well beyond the actual infection. You can still have pain, fullness, popping, poor hearing... There should be an overall improvement over the next few weeks. If it does not get better, you may want to see an otolaryngologist (ent). Read more...

I've had an ear infection for 5 wks and my ENT doc said it was better. Why am I still in pain?

Healing Takes Time. The infection itself may be better but the leftovers from the inflammation may be what is still causing you pain. These include residual fluid, congestion and swelling. It often times can take a month or 2 for these aspects to resolve. You can let your ENT know that you still have pain. He/She may be able to recommend something to relieve the pressure or improve drainage. Read more...

How do I go about seeing an ENT doctor since my doctor will not refer us. 6month old has a had mutiple ear infections in less then 2 1/2 months?

Ear infections. The criteria that doctors typically use for referral is 4 ear infections in 6m. So you say multiple ear infections, has it been 2 ear infection or 3 ear infections? It also depends on your insurance, do you need a referral or can you self refer? Read more...
Insurance? It depends on your insurance. If you have a PPO, you can just make your own appointment with an ENT. If you have an HMO, you need a referral, but you can make an appointment with an ENT and pay out of pocket. You could also change pediatricians or just continue to insist that you would like to see an ENT. Also, if you have concerns about hearing loss, you can ask for a hearing test. Read more...

My ENT doctor said that septoplasty and turbinate reduction could indirectly reduce the frequency of my ear infections. Does this make sense?

Possibly. A structural anomaly that makes you more prone to upper airway infections can lead to more frequent middle ear disease.Mucous trapping and impeded drainage allows buildup of more food for germs. The more germs hang around, the more places the germs eventually infect. They routinely put ear tubes in cleft palate kids at their first repair because their head structure is so prone to ear infecti. Read more...