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Middle Ear Infection

  • Posted By: Sameer2K7
  • July 19, 2007
  • 03:38 PM

Dear Friends,
I am 30 years old and have been battling middle ear infection (on my left ear) for the past 6 months. My first doctor tried draining out the fluid and that did not work, I was on Steroids and it gave me interim releif. My left ear drum is still not responding well and I have had significant hearing loss. I am tired of going to doctors who cannot help.
Any suggestions would be great. I live in Northern New Jersey.
Thanks,
Sameer

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  • Dear Friends,I am 30 years old and have been battling middle ear infection (on my left ear) for the past 6 months. My first doctor tried draining out the fluid and that did not work, I was on Steroids and it gave me interim releif. My left ear drum is still not responding well and I have had significant hearing loss. I am tired of going to doctors who cannot help.Any suggestions would be great. I live in Northern New Jersey. Thanks,SameerGo to an ENT. If it is persistent otitis media w/effusion than they can discuss a possible tube for that ear.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 18, 2007
    • 07:53 PM
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  • My son had extra fluid in middle ears and had tubes put in which helped then. They healed over though and had to have the operation repeated. This happened again and today he is still battling with the same thing. I too had it, but I think mine was due to a staph infection. Unfortunately the infection went to the inner ear and also the mastoid bone behind my ear. I heard that if it hadn't been treated properly, the infection could have spread to the meninges and I could have ended up with meningitis. So please, take the infection seriously, and finish the courses of anti-biotics.
    mumzie 32 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 04:12 AM
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  • Dear Friends,I am 30 years old and have been battling middle ear infection (on my left ear) for the past 6 months. My first doctor tried draining out the fluid and that did not work, I was on Steroids and it gave me interim releif. My left ear drum is still not responding well and I have had significant hearing loss. I am tired of going to doctors who cannot help.Any suggestions would be great. I live in Northern New Jersey. Thanks,Sameer Please consider acupuncture to help you - visit www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. There should be several qualified practitioners to choose from in the North Jersey area. This is very helpful in addition to allopathic treatments. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 04:25 AM
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  • Yea middle ear infections can be tricky. Sometimes they last a few days, sometimes much longer ( i once had them last all winter, 2-3 months). Basically the infection closes up your ear canal, causes fluid to build up in the inner ear, and the outer ear can swell up causing "clogged" ears and tenderness and swelling in the outer canal, and often in the inner canal which will make it swell behind your ear and down your back jawline.Definitely stay on the anti-biotics all the way. Try and sleep on the infected ear so any fluid can drain out if possible (unless its too sore). I often take toilet paper and roll it into a thin point and put it in my ear to soak up a little of the fluid, but you don't want to put anything hard in your ear like a q-tip. If your actual eardrum is punctured (which can occur from the infection, or which can cause the infection) your hearing takes a longer time to come back. Besides the anti-biotics, try taking nasal draining medication. Draining might help clear out the clogged earcanal. My favorite cheap remedy is to sniff up ground black pepper. It causes you to drain, burns, and really clears you out. Even when I don't feel clogged up I do it, and boy does it work great. Don't use heating pads (its due to a infection, not ear wax, a heating pad only gives the infection a nice warm environment). So, take your anti-biotics, try and drain your nasal/ear canals, and you just have to wait it out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 14, 2008
    • 04:53 AM
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  • Yea middle ear infections can be tricky. Sometimes they last a few days, sometimes much longer ( i once had them last all winter, 2-3 months). Basically the infection closes up your ear canal, causes fluid to build up in the inner ear, and the outer ear can swell up causing "clogged" ears and tenderness and swelling in the outer canal, and often in the inner canal which will make it swell behind your ear and down your back jawline.Definitely stay on the anti-biotics all the way. Try and sleep on the infected ear so any fluid can drain out if possible (unless its too sore). I often take toilet paper and roll it into a thin point and put it in my ear to soak up a little of the fluid, but you don't want to put anything hard in your ear like a q-tip. If your actual eardrum is punctured (which can occur from the infection, or which can cause the infection) your hearing takes a longer time to come back. Besides the anti-biotics, try taking nasal draining medication. Draining might help clear out the clogged earcanal. My favorite cheap remedy is to sniff up ground black pepper. It causes you to drain, burns, and really clears you out. Even when I don't feel clogged up I do it, and boy does it work great. Don't use heating pads (its due to a infection, not ear wax, a heating pad only gives the infection a nice warm environment). So, take your anti-biotics, try and drain your nasal/ear canals, and you just have to wait it out.Great man...thats the orientation people should give to others..I found myself with a ear infection and a annoying " tinnitus bonus", all of a sudden...my friend got me some antibiotics..I am definitely going to take whole 10 days course...thats freaking scary just thinking bout listening to this bug in my brain my entire life...thanks and god luck to all!Nathan
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