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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   The ENT doc says if my ear has not unclogged in 1 more week, he will need to put a tube in. I'm 64 years old. Had a cold and went on a plane. Isn't there a steroid ear drop or maybe cortisone that could help me. I'm doing sinus rinses several times a day. AAAAAAA
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know the details of your symptoms?
Doctor :   Can you describe your symptoms briefly.
User :   I had a cold and went on a plane. Ear drained junk out. Got on amoxicillin. Ear still clogged. ENT thinks maybe fluid trapped behind eardrum.
Doctor :   Since when are you having these symptoms?
User :   Since Sept 12. 2010
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me describe you.
Doctor :   Presence of fluid in the middle ear behind the ear drum is a condition that can be treated with antibiotics, antihistaminics and anti inflammatory medications.
Doctor :   However, chronic conditions may need interventions such as drainage or grommet insertions.
User :   Sounds like I should call my ENT and ask for something before he puts a tube in my right ear.
Doctor :   I would suggest you to consult an ENT Surgeon who on examination can reveal if the condition has progressed to chronic stage where in the treatment is mainly these interventions.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes, thank you so much. God bless you! I am going to call Dr. Baron today and ask for an antihistamine perscription or something else before we put a tube in. Signing out.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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