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Itching in ear, discharge from ear during hot weather. Taken prescribed medicine. Recommendation? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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Doctor:Hi
Doctor:How can I help you today?
User:hello
Doctor:Hi
Doctor:How can I help you today?
User:i had an ear infection
Doctor:ok
User:its been more than 5 years now
Doctor:ok
User:i went for different doctors in the initial years
Doctor:ok
User:but it doesnt help
Doctor:ok
User:i got this itchy feeling inside my ear
Doctor:ok
User:and due to this fluids comes out from my ear
Doctor:ok
User:generally the itching is bad when summer comes and the weather is hot
Doctor:ok
User:also regarding the treatment i mentioned earlier....
User:it only helps minimize the itching when i take the medicines
User:after the prescription time everything happens the same again
User:can you recommend something on this
Doctor:Yes I understand the concern
Doctor:Medicines help only for a while
Doctor:Sometimes the infection comes back even worse than before
User:right that is what happened with me
Doctor:ok
Doctor:We need to address issues regarding your immunity
User:ok
Doctor:Before that I need to ask a few questions.
User:sure
Doctor:Do you have a history of allergies?
User:no
Doctor:Did you consult an ENT specialist?
User:sorry, i dont know what ENT is
Doctor:Ear Nose and throat specialist
User:but one of the doctors i went is supposedly a specialist in ear
Doctor:ok
Doctor:What did he say?
User:he gave me medicines based on his examination
User:he said take these medicines and it'll be alright
Doctor:ok
Doctor:Did he give a diagnosis?
Doctor:Is the infection coming from middle ear or external ear?
User:no just the prescription
User:but that was many years ago
User:i stopped going to doctors after seeing no improvement from visiting 2-3 doctors
Doctor:ok
Doctor:Actually if the secretions are coming from middle ear then you may need grommet insertion
Doctor:ok
Doctor:Now coming to the immunity part
Doctor:You need to get tested for the conditions that decrease immunity
User:ok
Doctor:Other then that you need to make some changes in your lifestyle
User:ok
User:what can be those
Doctor:First thing to do is to clean your ears after water goes into your ears.
Doctor:Do it with an ear bud
User:yes that's what i regularly do
User:if i dont use ear bud for a day, that day is horrible for me
Doctor:OK
User:any time of the day my itching can start
Doctor:It is not good to use ear buds on dry ear
User:this is how i keep the itching minimal
User:ok
Doctor:It may exacerbate the itching by destroying the lining of the ear canal
User:can you suggest what i should do on dry ear
Doctor:Mostly you should let it be
User:hmmm
User:ok
User:it is unbearable sometimes
Doctor:You may try anti-histaminic ear drops if itching is very bad
User:ok
Doctor:Do not put anything else in the ear
Doctor:Ear is usually wet after a head wash
User:ok
Doctor:that is the best time for ear bud
User:sure
User:i'll keep that in mind
Doctor:also you need to increase your immunity by doing the following things
User:ok
Doctor:Fruits and raw vegetables at least 5 times a day
Doctor:Exercise for atleast 20 min a day
User:ok
Doctor:And drink clean water and hygienic food to prevent recurrent infections of throat and stomach
User:ok
Doctor:I think the lifestyle changes help most in the long run
User:alright
Doctor:Decreasing stress levels by doing meditation and relaxation techniques also helps in boosting immunity
User:any particular ear drops you would recommend?
User:ok
Doctor:It should have an antihistaminic component
User:ok
Doctor:It should be taken as a prescription from a doctor.
User:right
User:and Doctor, can you tell why the secretion is hapenning
User:it only started after the infection
Doctor:ok
Doctor:It can be a persistent or recurrent infection
Doctor:It can also be due to excessive ear bud use
User:ok
Doctor:Actually there may be just a discharge but no infection
Doctor:In that case it is allergy
User:ok
Doctor:Whatever the case
Doctor:The above recommendations should help
User:ok
User:well thank you doctor
Doctor:ok
User:that was really helpful
Doctor:Hope I helped
Doctor:Thanks
User:have a good day
Doctor:Have a good day
User:bye
Doctor:Bye
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