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Middle Ear Infection

Middle Ear Infection or Otitis media is inflammation of the area behind the eardrum, which is caused by bacteria or viruses. It is most common in children and is of two types that include acute otitis media and otitis media with effusion. It shows the following symptoms: pain and discharge from the ears, irritability, loss of balance, decreased hearing, nausea, vomiting, congestion, diarrhea, etc. Pain-relieving medications along with fever-reducing tablets are advised. If it persists for more than three days, the doctor may suggest antibiotics.

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Which is effective - tympanotomy or tympanoplasty?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has more than 70% hearing loss in the left ear. The doctor has recommended tympanotomy or tympanoplasty. Is it effective? My mother is 55 years old. Would she get any benefit from this surgery? Is there any complication associated with it? Is there any non-surgical procedure ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would recommend you to undergo a test called tympanometry in which we will come to know if there is any collection of fluid in the middle ear or if there is any damage to the bone of the middle ear. Also, let me know what kind of hearing loss she has. Is it conductive...  Read Full »

I have an eardrum burst following a flu. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. My eardrum burst after coming down with the flu. It has been leaking this watery bloody substance. This happened about four hours ago. I was in pain till it burst. Seems like all the pressure went away and was a huge relief. My question is do I let it heal on i...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Small perforations of tympanic membrane heal on their own, particularly if traumatic. However, you say that it happened after a flu. You may need to see an otolaryngologist to determine if you have any infection in the middle ear. If otitis media is present you will ...  Read Full »

Please provide insights on my daughter's audiogram.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 3 years old. She failed OAE testing at 3 years of age. She has issues with articulation and has been in speech therapy for over a year. Scores are 1% for understandability. Our audiologist did not tell us much. Can I get your insight into my daughter's audiogram?  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to daughter's audiogram (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows a conductive hearing loss, but the ear is not mentioned. The cause seems to be some middle ear disease only. Please tell me about her subjective hearing. Is there any hearing loss she experienc...  Read Full »

How to clear the weird sensation felt in my right ear?

Query: Hello doctor,I have two problems. The first is I have a weird sensation in my right ear like as if cold air is passing or cold water is coming out from the ear. But, there is nothing like that since the last one week. Probably, it started after cleaning my ear one week back. May I know what is it? T...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Because of the changes in air pressure in flights, the middle ear which is a closed cavity also will have some pressure changes. So, you need to protect your ears during a flight. So, you will feel a popping sensation in your ear which is worse when you have a cold or ...  Read Full »

I suffer from nausea, headache, and stiff neck. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,My symptoms are extreme nausea, headache (mainly right posterior), and very stiff neck. It started with a severe middle ear infection on the right side. Does my MRI show any evidence of mastoiditis, meningitis or a subdural empyema?Please advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan images are available and I have viewed it (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a mild bright abnormal signal intensity in the right mastoid area and the left side is clear. Abnormal signal in mastoiditis m...  Read Full »

I have been feeling intense pressure in my ear for the past one and a half months. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had intense ear pressure for the last 1.5 months. It has affected my hearing, and certain sounds or frequencies are very annoying now. It started with being sick, and after one round of antibiotics, all my other symptoms went away, but I am left with this ear pressure and hearin...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Probably you are suffering from a eustachian tube block, acute suppurative otitis media (ASOM), or middle ear infection. Avoid cool drinks and ice creams. Use salt water gargling thrice a day for five days. Use steam inhalation thrice a day for five days. Use decongest...  Read Full »

How is an infection in the inner ear wall treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from a chronic ear infection. When it started, I started taking ear drops and it worked for me. But my issue is due to my infection present in my inner ears. It keeps on coming back when I stop taking drops. I want to cure my inner ear infection. Does using Dexatob ear drops h...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is a possibility in you to have a chronic infection in the middle ear. It is located beyond the eardrum. In this situation, plain ear drops will not help to treat the infection. You require oral antibiotics to treat your infection completely. I suggest you take ta...  Read Full »

My daughter is diagnosed with middle ear infection. How to clear it up?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 17 years old. She had a cold for about four days when she started complaining of bad ear pain. She was seen in urgent care a week ago and was diagnosed with a middle ear infection. The APRN noted her ear was pretty angry and prescribed Amoxicillin 500 mg. She is suppo...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Complete the course of antibiotics. Take Mucinex D (Guaifenesin) once or twice a day, like how you have been taking for another three to four days. If Mucinex D has an antiallergic component then no need for Claritin or Allegra. Otherwise, add either of those to be taken ...  Read Full »

What is the cause of ear pain with cold and cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21 year old male, and I have pain in the ear from today afternoon. I do not have any liquid discharge from the ear, but the pain is increasing with passing time. At night, the pain is very intense.I can hear all voices clearly, but my ear is paining a lot. I do not understand the r...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your ear pain is probably due to a middle ear infection with Eustachian tube blockage. Did you suffer from any nasal congestion or throat infection in the recent past? I suggest taking Paracetamol for pain and follow-up with the required information, so that I can sugge...  Read Full »

Why did my tinnitus not improve even after surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old male. Two years back I had severe running nose and could not breathe through nose, especially during the night. Then, I was diagnosed with antrochoanal polyp in my right nose. After taking medications I no longer felt cold and running nose. However, my right nostril...  Read Full »

Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The nasal blockage did not cause tinnitus and hence, it is not relieved. The FESS surgery (functional endoscopic sinus surgery) you had was for nasal blockage and its consequences of auditory tube blockage and middle ear fluid retention. Now after surgery, your nose is ...  Read Full »

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