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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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User :   Hello?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Can I ask about my ear?
User :   lol
Doctor :   certainly
Doctor :  
proceed with your Q
User :   Cool! I have been to my GP twice, and they told me I have Glue Ear. I am a 28 year old female ...
User :   Its been going on for about three months on and off.
Doctor :  
ok
User :   The Drs wouldn't give me anything for it.
User :   Last night I was in so much pain I was crying!!!
User :   I can feel it even in my teeth, and behind my eye.
Doctor :  
ok
User :   Thats my problem!
Doctor :  
you are suffering from a glue ear
Doctor :   was any antibiotics prescribed to you?
User :   no.
User :   they wouldn't give me anything.
Doctor :   glue ear is more common in children

Doctor :  
it is an infection of the middle ear
User :   I have had problems with the ear when I was younger, it has ruptured a few times .. as a child and a adult.
Doctor :   i think when ever you get cold
User :   They should be able to give me something though if I am in so much pain though??? Wouldnt you think?
Doctor :  
most of the time you get glue ear
Doctor :  
now the immediate treatment is
Doctor :  
analgesics and antibiotics
Doctor :  
need to keep the external ear clean

Doctor :   It seems you have moved out of the chat window. Please log in back if you have medical queries.
User :   im back.
Doctor :   thank you
Doctor :  
do you have fever now
User :   If I have a small history of ear problems as a child / adult, could that be a reason I am having problems now? or would it just be isolated?
User :   No, dont think I have a fever.
Doctor :  
ya the glue ear in child hood can persist
Doctor :  
even in the adult life
User :   i used to just get a middle ear infection, and then the drum would rupture. not like this though.
Doctor :   ok
User :   just dont understand why they wouldn't give my anything for it. and I am going back again tomorrow but dont want to waste another $80!
User :   my temp is 36.8 degrees celcius.
Doctor :  
i will tel you in detail all about the glue ear
Doctor :   when ever you catch cold
Doctor :   the infection in the throat has passed on to the middle ear
Doctor :  
by a connection called called eustachian tube
User :   the dr said I had a few little blister thingies on my ear drum or similar.
Doctor :  
ok
User :   if i put a cotton ball swab, in the effected ear it feels sore and tight compared to the other ear.
Doctor :   do not block the external ear by an cotton plug

User :   no, just a swab - you know, like when you clean out wax.
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
i got it
User :   lol
Doctor :  
i shall explain in some more detail about the disease
User :   k.
Doctor :  
so the infection of the middle ear turns out into pus and the ear drum will rupture
Doctor :  
and the pus will escape out
Doctor :   there is some eustachian tube dysfunction also in you as it is causing repeated infections
User :   thats what I am thinking ...
User :   i have read lots about the eustachian tube.
User :   lol
Doctor :  
in the last two visits what has doc advised you?
User :   nothing. she said I have some little blister thingies on my ear drum, and its just glue ear and it will clear itself up.
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
did you suffer fro any cold or stuffy nose before this episode
User :   yes, it started a few days after I got a little cold .. about three months ago.
User :   cold is obviously long gone.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
it is how the glue ear starts
User :   yes, the little cold started - and I could feel a fullness in the ear and my heart beat echo ...
Doctor :   ok
User :   i can generally always here the echo ... since that first little cold ...
User :   although about 5 or 6 times its got painful .. and super duper painful last night.
Doctor :   after the pain did it rupture

User :   nope, no rupturing.
Doctor :   how is the pain now?
User :   As it has ruptured before I know the feeling when it does. that hasn't happened.
User :   its sore now.
Doctor :   ok

User :   but not as bad as last night.
Doctor :   was the last night it was very cold than usual nights
Doctor :  
i am asking about the climate
User :   hmmm .. no, not really. Last night was Wednesday night, it started to flare up again on the Tuesday night. Although panadol and a heat pack worked well.
User :   temp has been pretty stable here.
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
the usual cause for the pain in this stage is because of difference in the pressure on either side of the ear drum
Doctor :  
pandol is ok
Doctor :  
it is analgesic
User :   panadol is a good friend of mine at the moment!
Doctor :   one more technique i will tel you
User :   I can feel the pain even behind my eye and at the top of my gums almost on the right side (my right ear is the one effected).
Doctor :   before that did you ever try steam inhalation?
User :   no.
Doctor :  
you try this
User :   k ..
Doctor :  
see the cause for the pain is
Doctor :  
eustation tube dysfunction
Doctor :  
it should be open all the time
User :   thats what i though. cause it feels much deeper than just a middle ear infection / ear drum problem.
Doctor :  
when it gets closed you will have severe pain
Doctor :   the immediate management in case of pain is
Doctor :  
take pandol
Doctor :  
try the steam inahalation
Doctor :  
drink some warm liquids
User :   ok .. i haven't tried that one. so i will try that.
Doctor :   preventive measures
User :   so you think its more eustachian tube as apposed to just glue ear?
Doctor :  
glue ear is the result of eustation tube dysfunction
User :   oh,ok ...
Doctor :  
please fill the feed back form
User :   lol
User :   i said you were very good!
User :   haha
Doctor :   when next time you visit your ear doc ask about grommet placement

User :   oh no!
User :   that sounds scary!
User :   im going to have to go back to the GP tomorrow.
User :   hence, coming here - i just wanted to comfirm if I was thinking on the right track or not.
Doctor :   ok
User :   so if it is a eustachian tube dysfunction, can it clear itself up with medication or something???
User :   and is feeling pain radiating behind my eye and in my gums .. something that is normal with that?
Doctor :   it is due to the ear pain itself

Doctor :   the treatment is placement of grommet
User :   ek!
Doctor :  
it will help you
User :   ok then.
User :   right-ie-o!
User :   i guess i can go and attack my GP tomorrow now.
User :   lol
Doctor :   yeah

Doctor :  
ask for the grommet placement
User :   ok then.
User :   thanks for your help!
Doctor :   is there any thing i can help you with?
User :   nup! thats the lot.
User :   thank you!
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.

User :   okies! bye.
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