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What are the treatment procedures for a longstanding ear infection?


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Dr. Bindia

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Published At January 3, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 6, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have had an ear problem since when I was a kid. My mother and I went to the doctor to get consulted. They just prescribed medicine to heal my infection. But it never did heal. I was too shy to tell my parents before, and they never asked me if I was fine. I did not know why I never minded about it. But now, I feel very uncomfortable. It feels like I have a ruptured eardrum because I feel air moving in and out. Sometimes it gets itchy, and I also have tinnitus. I do not enjoy swimming much because most of the times, water gets inside and something yellowish come out. But I do not feel any pain. Is it a serious disease? Do I need to get surgery? Kindly advise.

Answered by Dr. Bindia


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Tympanoplasty (a microsurgery done to fix holes in the eardrum that do not heal on their own) is required if there is perforation. Thank you.

The Probable causes

Infection or allergy.

Investigations to be done

Ear swab. Examination under a microscope.

Differential diagnosis

Chronic otitis media.

Otitis media with effusion

Adhesive otitis media.

Probable diagnosis

Chronic otitis media.

Treatment plan

Tablet Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid twice a day for ten days. Tablet Ibuprofen twice a day, and Tablet Levocetirizine and Montelukast HS.

Preventive measures

Keep ears dry. Avoid blowing and sneezing on the nose.

Regarding follow up

After five days with reports.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Bindia
Dr. Bindia

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)

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