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Long-term Barotitis Media?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 19, 2007
  • 02:38 PM

My wife and I took a trip last year to Jamaica. Our flight to Kingston was fine, but flying home was ***l on her ears. We got home with her ears completely full and mildly painful.

Soon after we had to drive through mountains (twice), at which time her ears became even more filled and painful.

For the last year (11 months), her ear has been continuously filled. She cannot relieve the pressure in the ear. Decongestants, antihistamines (even in prescription doses) do not help her at all. She even tried "ear candling" after many months of no help, which did not help either.

One peculiar thing is that she notices it gets worse when she eats foods to which she is sensitive. For instance, corn or wheat will make her ear get painful, not just full. But it is always full regardless.

She is considering getting tubes in her ears, but I'm not sure this is the best answer thus far. Has anyone else had a condition such as this, where one case of barotitis media has caused long-term issues with the ear? Long term, as in a year?

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  • At Ears of Texas, PA, we are also performing a new procedure for treatment of chronic eustachian tube dysfunction in patients who have required more than one trial of tube placements in the eardrum. This procedure involves placing a tube in the eardrum overlying the opening to the eustachian tube, after the eustachian tube and middle ear have been visualized and inspected with an oto-endoscope (a small thin scope that allows the physician to visualize the middle ear structures with magnification and high resolution). A MicroWick is threaded through the tube and into the eustachian tube opening. The patient is then instructed to apply steroid drops to the ear canal, which allows delivery of a high concentration of steroids to the eustachian tube in a near-continuous fashion. The technique can be performed in the office or out-patient surgery center. Many patients have been found to respond to the treatment, with lasting improvement in their eustachian tube function and symptoms. This sounded interesting. Hope this helps. How about warm moist packs to the ear.
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    • September 20, 2007
    • 09:33 AM
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