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I have fluid behind my ear drum. Is their something I can do to fix this Edward

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I have fluid behind my ear drum.
Is their something I can do to fix this
Edward
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 5 years ago.

Anthony Bray MD :

Hello!

Anthony Bray MD :

What is your age and how long have you had this trouble?

Anthony Bray MD :

Do you have a history of allergies?

Anthony Bray MD :

How about ear infections?

Customer:

68 years

Customer:

I have had this 2 months started right after having a flu bug

Anthony Bray MD :

What you describe is serous otitis (medical term for this problem). This can sometimes go on to lead to a middle ear infection. Sometimes this is caused by eustacian tube dysfunction. The eustacian tube is the tube that connects the middle ear space (behind the ear drum) to the back of the throat....

Anthony Bray MD :

I see...

Anthony Bray MD :

The respiratory illness probably led inot some swelling of the eustacian tube and this led to your current problem..

Anthony Bray MD :

You may have some benefit from trying a decongestant spray like Afrin or Dristan...

Anthony Bray MD :

They probably had you try a steroid nasal spray...

Anthony Bray MD :

An oral decongestant such as Sudafed sometimes may help (you may need to be careful if you have high blood pressure though..)

Customer:

I have seen a doctor and said their is fluid behind my ear drums and it should get better it started getting bettr then nothing

Anthony Bray MD :

Sometimes this can go on to cause a middle ear infection and needs an antibiotic to clear....

Anthony Bray MD :

Have you tried a decongestant?

Customer:

ok this is some ideas to try thankyou

Anthony Bray MD :

You are very welcome!

Anthony Bray MD :

Have a great night. If you have further questions then let me know and iw ill be happy to get back with you.

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Customer:

I am not clear what is a decongestant

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