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What problem are you having, and how long have you had it?
Hi there. If your doctor said your ear canal was mostly clear, then wax would not explain the blockage. Fluid behind the ear drum, however, could explain it. This is common in head colds because the tube that normally drains fluid from the middle ear (the eustachian tube) often gets blocked and the fluid builds up (just like in the sinuses). If this fluid is not allowed to exit the middle ear, it will eventually get infected. This further inflames the eardrum and typically lead to pain and diminished hearing.
First of all, you have had the ear examined and your doctor apparently did not see any reason for alarm. This should be very reassuring to you. In the vast majority of such cases, symptoms improve within 5-7 days. Did your doctor provide you with any recommendations regarding "cold" medications to take? Some of the more common ones over-the-counter (e.g. Zyrtec-D, Dayquil, Actifed) have decongestants in them that can help to reduce fluid and swelling in the eustachian tubes. This typically helps to open the tubes up so the middle ears can empty.
The usual recommendation is to take one or the other (ibuprofen or naproxen), but not both. Each is about equally effective for pain and fever. The sudafed should help with the ear if you take it as directed for the next few days. Just be careful if you have high blood pressure. Sometimes an antihistamine is helpful as well. Eventually that ear tube is going to open up and the fluid will exit along with any buit up pressure, and you will feel a lot better. Chewing gum can sometimes help in this regard if everything else is improving.
It will...just be sure to check back in with your doctor if it seems to be taking longer than expected, or if new symptoms appear.
Any change for the worse...pain, fever, progressive hearing loss. These things are not likely to happen now that you are on a strong antibiotic and sudafed. You just need to give the treatment plan outlined by your doctor a little more time.
If there is a bacterial infection, it should start to improve within 72 hours. If there is fluid trapped in the middle ear, however, it needs to drain before you will get significant improvement. This is where the decongestant and antihistamine come in. They too will generally need 2-3 days to be effective, sometimes less.
Hi Adam. How's the ear today?
Are you taking the antibiotic and sudafed?
If these are not working, you could consider adding an antihistamine such as claritin or zyrtec. In addition, there is an over-the-counter nasal spray called Afrin (oxymetazoline) that can help open up clogged sinuses and eustachian tubes.
You should be getting better soon. Hang in there.
The fluid will drain eventually. If it doesn't improve in the next few says, you should see an ENT specialist. They can take care of this for you.
That's a good sign.
Not to worry...this will slowly improve.
Hi there. How's the ear now?
Glad to hear your ear is doing better. Perhaps the sore tongue is from cold sores or herpes stomatitis, an inflammation caused by the oral herpes virus which comes and goes. Ask your doctor about acyclovir, an anti-viral medication. If it is herpes stomatitis, this medication can suppress the outbreak and speed up healing.
I HAVENT BEEN SEXUALLY ACTIVE IN PROBABLY LIKE A YEAR AND A HALF THOUGH
It's not a sexual disease. 80-90% of the population get oral herpes virus (HSV 1). You are confusing HSV1 (oral) with HSV2 (genital) herpes.
IF IT WAS THAT WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
It can look like little round clear sores or just redness and swelling, or both.
THE DOCTOR HAD LOOKED AT IT, WOULDNT HE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TELL? ALSO THE DENTIST HAD LOOKED AT IT.
The inflammation can from herpes stomatitis can be non-specific...and it is temporary so many doctors do not feel the need to treat it. If it fails to start improving over the next 5 days, have it examined again to be sure. In the meantime, advil might help to reduce it.
IS THIS SOMETHING TO BE FREAKED OUT ABOUT?
No, not at all. Just like your ear, it will get better.
Just stay in touch with your doctors and follow their recommendations.
the doctor didnt say that it was herpes!!
Did he say it wasn't? I can't tell you what it is without examining you...I can only provide background information about possibilities...wither way, it sounds as if your doctor was not concerned, so you shouldn't be...we see these kinds of things every day...it will likely improve with your other cold symptoms. If you think it is related to the antibiotic, ask your doctor about this, you may need to change to something else.
That's a good thing. You should continue to improve slowly. It might take a few more days. Let your doctor know if anything worsens. Hope all works out for the best for you.
The antibiotic would help for a bacterial infection in the ear, throat, sinus or chest. It would not help for a viral infection such as herpes stomatitis. This condition is often marked by small circular lesions along the sides of the tongue (cold sores) or on the gums or lips. It typically resolves after 1 or 2 weeks. It sometimes improves faster with acyclovir, an anti-viral medication.
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