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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I seem to have a ear infection with the ear being very sensitive to touch and lot of oozing of liquid
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I had a blocked feeling in the right ear for the last 10 days I was adviced to take augmentin 625 and it seemed to clear yesterday, but since yesterday night I am having oozing and pain in the ear
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   I am male and 38 year old
Doctor :   Do you have pain,
Doctor :   difficulty in hearing?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Are you running fever?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Since I am unable to visually examine the ear,
User :   I would like to mention I am a diabetic
Doctor :   I cannot predict the exact cause,
Doctor :   however based on the description of the symptoms, its probably looks like serous otitis media.
Doctor :   Its bening condition, that occur due to inflammation of the middle ear
Doctor :   usually occur due to a viral infection.
Doctor :   However, since you have history of diabetes, there are high chances of secondary infections.
Doctor :   Let me suggest you few measures that you may have to follow.
User :   ok
Doctor :   1. Continue with the antibiotics suggested
User :   ok
Doctor :   2. Use antiinflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen
Doctor :   200mg tablets twice a day for 2 - 3 days
User :   ok
Doctor :   3. Keep your sugars under control, if required monitor your sugar levels using a glucometer (if you have it)
Doctor :   4.
Doctor :   watch out for these symptoms
Doctor :   presence of pus discharge from your ears or development of fever
Doctor :   If you develop any of these symptoms or if your hearing difficulty and discharge increase, or if your symptoms are persisting inspite of the antibiotics,
Doctor :   you may have to report to your ENT specialist for reevaluation.
User :   ok
Doctor :   5. An act of swallowing and chewing helps in drainage of the secretions
Doctor :   hence also try using chewing gums, to help in drainage of the secretions out.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes
User :   How long should I take the antibiotic
Doctor :   Antibiotics course may have to be taken for 5 -7 days,
User :   ok
Doctor :   but if the secretions are increasing or if you find pus, or i
User :   thanks, this seems to be a very good service
Doctor :   if you develop fever,
Doctor :   report back to your doctor for a change of antibiotics.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   ok
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
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