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How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Rarely needs surgery

True fluid and hearing loss most often will clear on its own with decongestants and treatment for whatever led to the fluid in the first place (uri, sinusitis, allergy).
This can be combined with holding your nose and blowing into the nose trying to "pop" your ears. Rarely fluid won't clear and adults can have it drained under a local or topical anesthetic. Fluid is often misdiagnosed - watch out!

In brief: Rarely needs surgery

True fluid and hearing loss most often will clear on its own with decongestants and treatment for whatever led to the fluid in the first place (uri, sinusitis, allergy).
This can be combined with holding your nose and blowing into the nose trying to "pop" your ears. Rarely fluid won't clear and adults can have it drained under a local or topical anesthetic. Fluid is often misdiagnosed - watch out!
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Joseph De santi
Family Medicine
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In brief: Tapping the Drum

The ear canal and drum can be effectively anesthetized with local anesthetic drops in the office.
Using the proper instruments an ENT physician can then easily make a minature incision in the membrane of the drum and allow painful, high pressure fluid accumulations to easily drain. A small tube is often inserted to allow further drainage of the infectious fluid which later falls out by itself.

In brief: Tapping the Drum

The ear canal and drum can be effectively anesthetized with local anesthetic drops in the office.
Using the proper instruments an ENT physician can then easily make a minature incision in the membrane of the drum and allow painful, high pressure fluid accumulations to easily drain. A small tube is often inserted to allow further drainage of the infectious fluid which later falls out by itself.
Dr. Joseph De santi
Dr. Joseph De santi
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Dr. Patrick Melder
For adults... Very simply done in the office... For children... In the OR.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice

In brief: Not osteopaths

Some osteopathic physicians know how to do a gentle massage that can drain the fluid naturally from the ears, down the eustachian tube as it is intended to do.

In brief: Not osteopaths

Some osteopathic physicians know how to do a gentle massage that can drain the fluid naturally from the ears, down the eustachian tube as it is intended to do.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
For middle ear infections that develop pus in the middle ear that will not drain out the eustachian tubes as it is like glue (called glue ear), doctors can make a small slit in the tympanic membraine to drain the ear so it can heal. They sometimes insert ear tubes until the ear is well.
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