Otitis Media

Otitis media is caused due to respiratory infection, cold, and allergy that infect and cause swelling of the eustachian tube lining along with nasal and throat congestion. Swollen eustachian tube blocks the normal ear fluid drainage, ultimately causing infection of the middle ear. It is characterized by ear pain, improper hearing, imbalance, poor sleep, abnormal ear discharge, etc. It is treated with antibiotics and pain-relieving medications.

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Why is my left ear infection not subsiding despite using antibacterial drops?

Query: Hello doctor, I need help with my left ear. I have been diagnosed with otitis media. I have used an acetic acid solution, ointment Cortisporin, and Neomycin drops. However, none of them have worked. Also, my ear had a white coating when examined. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have done through your attached pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The pictures you have attached show a discharge in the canal. You need systemic antibiotics in addition to topical ones. If the discharge is...  Read Full »

I have fluid in my middle ear. Is there any way to clear it?

Query: Hello doctor, My GP says I have fluid in my middle ear, especially in my right ear. I have tried antibiotics and using a nasal spray for two weeks. This has been going on for six weeks. Is there any way to clear it or like my GP says will it just take time? Can this also make you feel slightly off b...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fluid in the middle ear is called serous otitis media (glue ear or otitis media with effusion). What we do in such patients is give medical management (antibiotics, decongestants, mucolytics, nasal sprays) and if it fails we go for myringotomy and grommet insertion. ...  Read Full »

Can you use grommets for glue ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38 year old male. I was diagnosed with bilateral glue ear. It has persisted for two weeks now and has seen an ENT specialist. I am on my third dose of antibiotics, Moxiclav duo forte 875/125. The condition does not seem to be improving. I am also using painkillers, nasal spray...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the diagnosis of glue is supported by fluid type of curve (B type) in tympanogram with associated conductive hearing loss in audiometry, as well as not healing with nasal sprays and conservative management, then grommets can be used.The tympanic membrane is incised and...  Read Full »

Why is there no improvement in unilateral hearing loss even after medication?

Query: Hello doctor, For about three weeks now my right ear is not hearing properly, feels blocked some times and pains some times. My hearing has come down probably to only 30% that I can understand only when some one speaks on this ear. My other ear is fine. I consulted a GP who could not locate any inf...  Read Full »

Dr. Surabhi Chopra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the symptoms you have mentioned the condition in your right ear is called SOM (serous otitis media). It is a collection of sterile glue like fluid behind the ear drum. Nothing to worry about, and yes it takes at least four weeks to resolve but is a treata...  Read Full »

After recovering from a sinus infection, I developed a clogged ear. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am recovering from a sinus infection. I have had a clogged right ear ringing for the last four days. The ear ringing was on and off with loudness but seemed to be better in the morning. But yesterday, I woke up and had distorted hearing, like I am underwater in the same ear. Kindly a...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your history, it can be either otitis media with effusion or eustachian tube dysfunction secondary to the sinus and nasal infection. Otitis media with effusion is a collection of fluid in the middle ear, whereas eustachian tube dysfunction is blockage of the e...  Read Full »

I have pressure in my ears due to fluid behind my ear drum and an ear infection. Please review my reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I went to my PCP after COVID-19 because I had felt pressure in my ears. He noticed fluid behind my ear drum and an ear infection. How can I drain fluid behind my eardrum? I have a popping and cackling sound and my ears are ringing. I have been on Penicillin and have been using a nasal...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. There are two methods to end the secretions behind your ear drum, a medical way, and a surgical way. The medical way consists of using mucolytic and anti-edematous medications like chymotrypsin for 2 weeks, and na...  Read Full »

I have partial hearing loss due to otitis media. Is my hearing loss permanent?

Query: Hi doctor, I had otitis media in my left ear about 3 to 4 months ago. The otitis media infection cleared up after several antibiotic courses of treatment. My primary care physician prescribed Flonase nasal spray twice daily. This week I have an appointment with an ENT specialist. I am worried becau...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As I can see, you had suffered otitis media three months before, and I suppose it was only one episode? There are two types of otitis media acute and chronic. Acute usually lasts between 2 and 3 months. And, in relation to your current con...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of swimmer's ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I have swimmers ear and I do not know how to get rid of it and now my ears hurt extremely bad.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com If you have diffuse otitis externa then you must rule out malignant otitis externa. If you are immunocompromised or a diabetic you need to worry about the same. It will be prudent to get a culture sensitivity swab of the discharge from the ear whenever you have the condi...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from a cold, cough, and an infection in my ear. The doctor said I had swelling in my ear. Please suggest medicines.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a cold and an infection in my ear, and I also have had a cough for a month. On consulting the doctor, he told me that I had swelling in my ear. Now I do have a fever of 100 degrees Celsius, and mucus is very much in my chest. I am taking Crocin, Amoxycillin, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. You have otitis media-like ear infection as per history. For that, the Amoxycillin antibiotic and the prescribed drug are suggested and can be taken. Decongestant drugs like Levocetirizine or Phenylephrine are suggested for congestion re...  Read Full »

I have recurring otitis media. How can this be fully resolved?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 46 year old male. I have been having recurring otitis media every year since three years. I was treated with various courses of antibiotics. Amoxicillin is already resistant. So Cefpodoxime and recently Cefuroxime is being used for treatment. I would like to know if there is any pe...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Taking antibiotics is not the solution to the problem. If you have a recurrent infection and eardrum perforation, you need to undergo a minor ear surgery which is performed by almost all ENT surgeons. What investigations have you got done till now? Also, do you ha...  Read Full »

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