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  • Return to the doctor and never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear.
  • Well, allergy can causes persistent middle ear fluid. Antibiotics are to cure or prevent an infection, not to clear up the fluid. Normally fluid it's self will just go away naturally. If it doesn't then you may need a small and simple surgery to remove it. As always surgery should be last choice. I don't know of any drugs off hand or treatments to empty out your ear, but I suggest being persistent with your doctor until you come to a remedy for this.
  • When my sister was small, she had to have gromits inserted into her ears to drain fluid. I wonder if your doctor could arrange for something similar to be placed temporarily in your ear to widen the canal and allow the fluid to evaporate.
  • The only thing that helps me is "pseudoephedrine",(Sudafed). I know what you mean about the dizziness; scary at first, huh?
  • Hydrogen peroxide, blowdryer to the ear, sleep on a sock filled with salt, or warm olive oil. Most are old remedies for infected ears or fluid in the ears.
  • a drop of another fluid might be water or hrdgrogen peroxide to allow air space in your canal that will trigger stucked fluid inside your ear.. and tilt your head a.s.a. after you drop water inside it to flow it out..
  • I have read that chewing gum with Xylitol has an antibiotic effect on the ear canal, when chewed after meals and snacks. Chewing also excercises the canal. I bought some Orbit gum and am trying this. There is also Xylitol nasal rinse. I'm fighting earache and inner ear fluid myself for about two monthes. Four different antibiotics, and an ear specialist apt. coming up. Very tiring. Advil or generic, Allegra (w/ sudefed), Nasalcort nasal spray, and antibiotics are what the doc has me trying now. It may need drained surgically. Keep at the doctor to help you. Call and talk to the nurse to describe your continuing problem and ask for help.
  • Partygirl: did you find out anything that might help yet with removing the fluid i have the same problem or if anyone else has heard of an antibiotic that might help other then penicillin. Thanks!
  • i also have fluid but mine is behind both ears... i dont have any pain.. i feel kinda dizzy and like i have no cordination in my hands arms ect... i find it to be worse in a car.. or at night time.. or at a higher altitude.. does anyone else expierence things like this?? e-mail me at alicia1484@surry.net i would love to hear from someone that has expierenced what i have been going through for the past 2 years
  • I have had fluid behind my ear drums this past summer as well. They have brought me considerable dizziness. My ear infections go away, and them come back. Each time, my doctor puts me on antibiotics, and then a 15 day course of Allegra D 12 hour, with sudafed in it, which helps eliminate the fluid / mucus that is in my ears. The fluid in my ears make me dizzy, like when I stand, it feels like I'm rocking on a boat. It is EXTREMELY annoying and scary at times. It is also debilitating. However, I notice that when I take the Allegra for at least a week, the mucus goes away, and so does the dizziness. I do not know why the fluid keeps coming back. I'm thinking I should have to take a decongestant everyday, to keep the fluid from building up in my ear. I was told by my doctor that antibiotics alone won't get rid of the fluid. An over the counter medicine you can try is Claritin D , 12 or 24 hour, with the nasal decongestant in it. Try it for 2 weeks straight. Hopefully that will do the trick. Also, I have read that though an ear infection may leave the ear, the fluid can remain, sometimes for a week, sometimes for a year or more. The ear is more suseptible to infection if there is fluid in it. Alot of information on the web is confusing concerning ear infections. Some are pro antibiotics, others are not. Return to the doctor (or a different one) and explain that your dizziness is disrupting your daily life. While not harmful to your body, dizziness can pose a threat if you are losing your balance. Also, I have found that as my ear infections get better, I guess as the fluid is leaving my ear canals, it can also feel strange, like another kind of dizziness or head pressure feeling. Who knows. I hope this helps...I know you're suffering. It will be ok!
  • You can try the old home remedy, by rolling a newspaper into a cone and placing the pointed part in the eart and burning it on the opposite end. Usually works for when you cant POP your ears. Ask your parent's permission first. hehe
  • I don't know you guys... But I have also recently acquired this ailment, and oh my gosh is it awful or what?! I have not had it as long as some of you other people, but it no doubt sucks all the same. (Well, the longer it lasts, the worse it is, I'm sure). No offense. As others of you, this has also disrupted my life. Actually, that is the understatement of the decade. Disrupt doesn't really seem to do it justice. "Stopped my life" is more like it. There are days when I can't go to work, because that would involve leaving the house; and leaving the house would involve driving. That's not happening. At times it feels like I'm on one of those carnival rides, where you climb into a basket seat and are spun around and around backwards in circles. It's definately worse when I move. My doctor gave me an anti-dizziness medication called Meclizine. It does NOT work. All that does is make me sleep. But the dizziness doesn't stop when I'm sleeping - It just gives me the craziest dreams. -Not the fun ones, either. Actually, this whole ordeal is a nightmare. I'm hoping to find a doctor who has actually experienced this, because up until now, doctors are like, "You are dizzy? Oh, that's nothing. That's no big deal. Whatever." It's like the word "dizzy" has a wimpy connotation, or something. Or they don't take it seriously enough. They don't get it! I know - we should all put our dizzy heads together and come up with a better, more forceful-sounding word that describes dizziness, but packs a bigger punch with its sound. Like, enervatediscombobuladdled, for example. Well, good luck to all of you who suffer! And if anyone knows of any other home remedies not mentioned, please let me (and everyone) know!
  • Limit your salt intake . Too much salt retains fluid in your ears. Just take sudafed everyday until it clears up.
  • I suffered for many years with fluid in my ear. Anti biotics or decongestants did not work for me. Finally I went to an ear specialist he gave me a 7 day dose of prednisone,,,,yipee,,,,problem solved,,,,have not had any problems for 2 years.
  • Food allergies, especially to wheat and dairy products, can be the cause of recurring middle ear infections. Colds and sinus infections, Tobacco smoke or other irritants, Infected or overgrown adenoids. These might help * Apply a warm cloth or warm water bottle. * Use over-the-counter pain relief drops for ears. * Take over-the counter medications for pain or fever, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. DO NOT give aspirin to children. * Use prescription ear drops to relieve pain. *******My dad, used to put a blow dryer, about a foot from his ear. Or a couple drops of warm mineral oil.
  • hey akustik, any change in your condition?? your symptoms sound extremely similar to mine-I hope you found something or someone that can help.. please let us know, I have seen my GP 3 times and 2 different ENTs, i've been on decongestants and meczaline and had hearing tests... nothing works so far, and no diagnosis, they are urging me to get an MRI.. scary....
  • recently i moved and the allergens in this area have wrecked my sinuses. i do suffer with constant "fullness" and ear pain. i've suffered for a year and i'm tired of meds. is surgery an option? my ear tube is dysfunctional and holds fluid so i live with unsteadiness! why are we forced to live this way? can't we demand a better option? there's got to be one!
  • pseudovent if you ask a doctor
  • The doctor should give you prescription ear drops to get rid of the fluid. My daughter had this problem. The doc said it was swimmer's ear. I'd ask your doc about ear drops to get rid of it.
  • What you have is swollen clogged eustachian tubes. Yes kids get 'tubes in the ear' when they have this form all their millions of colds. When we get allergies it often happens to adults too. I just started getting it at age 35, and never before. First I went to the ENT DR and they lanced my eardrum and drained it. Next time I got it i thought, I dont want to do that again! How can I fix this at home??? So I have recently discovered a solutionto do at home that actually works. It involves getting nasal spray and irrigation into the eustachian tubes via the nose to reduce the swelling and let the liquid (mucus and pus) drain. Find the instructions here: http://www.earadicator.com I have written extensively on this subject and do not have time to repeat it all here. I also added video instructions here. You can also read tons of Testimonials on the site from people who did it and say it is amazing.
  • You may have a blockage in your inner ear caused by the tiny crystals in the eustachian tubes becoming dislodged. I had this and was referred to a physiotherapist who had training in fixing this. (Not all are). The treatment involves turning your head in such a way as to guide the crystals back into place through the labyrinth of your inner ear. 3 sessions and I was right as rain.
  • Antibiotics will only reduce the inflamation of the infection and won't necessarily removed the fluid from behind your ears. Dependent on how long you have had the fluid present, I would recommend seeing your doctor again and asking if it is necessary to see and ENT specialist. It may be necessary to have some ear drains or gromets implanting (this is usually a last resort!) In the meantime, as long as you're not taking any other medication, take some Sudafed or any decongestant tablets. Remember to check with a pharmacist if you're in doubt about any other medications you're taking Hope this helps!
  • When children have this problem a grommet is inserted into the eardrum to allow the fluid to drain. I don't know why this can't be done when adults have this problem.
  • I HAVE TAKEN SUDAFED FOR YEARS AND STARTED FEELING SPACEY HEADED, THEN I GOT REALLY HOT ACROSS THE BACK OF MY NECK AND FELT LIKE I WAS GOIN TO PASS OUT. I GOT REALLY SICK AT MY STOMACH WENT TO THE ER THEY SAID IT WAS INNER EAR INFECTIONS .WELL ITS BEEN FOUR MONTHS BEEN TO ER 3 TIMES DR TWICE AND FIVE SCRIPTS OF ANTIBIOTICS SO FAR I FEEL BETTER, TIL MEDS RUN OUT AND 3 DAYS LATER IT STARTS AGAIN NOW THEY WANT A CAT ,ANYONE ELSE DONE THIS
  • I had this problem and the ear Dr put a tube in and it drained the fluid out.
  • I have the same problem. I have been this way for awhile. I just got through taking Prescription Decongestant, and Antibiotics. And I still can't hear out of my ear. The fluid is still there. So tommorow I will be calling the Dr. to let him know so that he can send a referral to the ENT Dr. I don't want to get the tube put in my ear. So if theres anyone that knows home remedies can they please email them to me at Aquagreenwater@yahoo.com Thanks Aqua Lee
  • I have had fluid and ear popping caused from a very bad case of candida. Antibiotics would make it very bad. I have begun to deal with the candida with diet and probiotics but the fluid in the ears has yet to go away.
  • I usually have this problem in my right ear after a cold or sinus infection, and it takes a few weeks to get rid of the fluid. I find that OtC meds like Alleve D or Zyrtec D are good for keeping my nose dry (you want to be as dry as possible), and Mucinex is a good expectorant - it helps to bring the fluid out. I had tubes put it my ears as a child, but as an adult, I've been able to clear up the problem with my above method whenever this happens (usually within 3 or 4 weeks). Also, I'm not sure if there's anything to it, but my ear always feels a little better after I exercise.
  • I currently have fluid in my ears and was giving a nasal myst and Allegra to take. I was told it can take 4 to 6 weeks for the fluid to drain.

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