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Have ear issues, scratching sensation. Is it some sinus issue? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good Morning
User:A very good morning..
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:I have few queries regarding my ear problems..
User:Can I discuss with you?
Doctor:Please proceed with the query.
User:Off lately my ears have started to give me problems.. I feel it's blocked most of the times.. And when the noise level increases I feel a scratching sound inside which is very irritating..
User:though there are no dirt or blockage inside..
Doctor:Do you have any issues with sinuses or nose?
User:Also in moving vehicles I feel irritated with the way my ears feel from inside..
User:Yes.. I had sinus..which turned into migraine off lately..
Doctor:Was any cause for sinusitis found out?
User:No.. It was mostly genetic coz my father had that..atleast that's what being told to me..
Doctor:Let me guide you regarding this.
Doctor:With the short history I have received from you, it seems that, sinusitis may be the most probable reason for your recurrent headaches and fullness in ears.
Doctor:You can do the following to get a better solution for your problems.
User:Also the last time I went for an ear check up they did some sonographic tests and said my ears are a li'l sensitive like new borns and there is nothing to worry.. But off lately things have become worse..
User:Yes go ahead..
Doctor:1. Do steam inhalation twice daily with Cap. Karvol plus dissolved in it.
Doctor:2. Drink only warm water. Avoid cold water completely.
Doctor:3. Wash your nostrils whenever you come from outside.
User:Will that help my ear problems as well?
Doctor:4. Take Tab. Celin 500mg (Vitamin C) 3 times daily for 2 months.
Doctor:Yes, it will help in both ear and nose problems.
User:Is there anything I can do regarding my ears as in any ear drops or something..?
Doctor:Let me explain how it works.
Doctor:As you know the nose continuous behind to open to the throat.
Doctor:And in the throat, there is a tube 'Eustachian Tube', one on each side.
Doctor:That tube connects the throat to middle ear.
Doctor:So, whenever there is any infection or blockage in the nose or throat, it causes the tube to get blocked.
Doctor:And thus it would cause pressure changes within the middle ear.
Doctor:Sometimes,it can cause middle ear infection.
Doctor:The best way to clear it is by oral medications and steam inhalation.
Doctor:Ear drops does not help in this.
Doctor:Are you getting what I said?
User:In case there is any infection, the oral remedy itself should work?
User:I'm getting all what you said..makes sense..
Doctor:In that case, you may require oral antibiotics too.
User:Can you prefer any?
Doctor:Because you see, ear drops works only upto the ear drum.
Doctor:It does not go inside it.
Doctor:If infection is outside the ear drum, then yes, antibiotic ear drops will help.
User:Yes.. I get the point now.. And no wonder I did not have any dirt or something from the ear..
Doctor:In your case, high possibility of a middle ear infection is there.
User:Can you recommend something for middle ear infection..?
Doctor:Let me say, this is my assumption from your history.
Doctor:It has to be confirmed before you take any antibiotics.
User:I guess you have perfectly nailed the problem and everything you said makes perfect sense to me..
Doctor:But, you can follow the earlier measures that I have mentioned.
Doctor:I would not be able to prescribe an antibiotic without examining you.
User:Any checkups recommended..?
Doctor:I will explain what to do and what to ask for.
Doctor:You will need to visit an ENT surgeon.
Doctor:Explain him your problems.
Doctor:And ask him whether you have any 'deviated nasal septum.'
Doctor:In common words, a bent bridge of nose.
Doctor:This can cause a recurrent sinusitis.
Doctor:Allergy can also be a cause.
Doctor:If these two can be excluded permanently, your nose and ear problems could disappear completely.
User:I can confirm that I have "Deviated Nasal Septum"
Doctor:If you have a DNS, then it needs to be corrected for a permanent solution.
User:I had visited ENT before, as a child and I know they said this bent bridge nose and stuffs..
Doctor:Then, probably that could be your basic issue.
Doctor:Other than that, just follow as I advised earlier.
Doctor:Hope you can see your problems in a better perspective.
User:Okay.. But is there any tests that could be taken to confirm mid ear infection..? I think I'm suffering from one and will need oral antibiotics..
User:. That was very helpful to give me a better perspective..
Doctor:No. It can be only diagnosed clinically by examining.
User:I did not come across any doctor to explain me things in so detailed terms..
User:Thanks for that..
Doctor:An audiometry test may help in finding if any blockage or conduction abnormality is there within the ear.
User:So an ENT specialist can diagnose that? Is that right?
Doctor:Yes. Only they can do that.
User:How severe is the impact of mid ear in what are the I need to panic and take immediate actions?
Doctor:It is not an emergency. But, you need to take care of it.
Doctor:There is no need to panic.
Doctor:Long standing ear infections can cause the infection to spread to the veins in brain.
Doctor:So get it checked.
Doctor:Hope I had been helpful.
Doctor:Is there anything else that I can help you on?
User:Nothing else. It was very helpful of you..
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
User:Thank You.
Doctor:Have a Nice day!!
User:I shall do as advised by you.. Thanks again..
Doctor:Please do leave a feedback.
User:You too..
Doctor:Bye for now.
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