Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
131 Doctors are Online

Middle ear infection, flu-like illnesses, piercing eardrum the right treatment ?

Hi. My 9 month old son has a middle ear infection , as a result of a flu-like illness . He tugs regularly on his ears, although he does not seem in an distress. We took him to see an ENT who looked in his ear, then pierced his ear-drum. To me this seemed a very hasty and unprofessional thing to do, but I am told it is common practice where I am. Given nothing much came out and no anti-biotics were given, would you agree with my assessment? Especially given that the piercing of the drum was given without any controlled conditions...Thanks
Asked On : Sat, 14 Apr 2012
Answers:  1 Views:  146
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for your query.

I will try my best to provide you with best possible professional recommendations to your questions.

Putting a small pin hole in the ear drum has been used to relieve pressure before. If the pressure is not relieved, the ear drum can burst to prevent that either hole or the tubes are inserted in the ear drum.

It is tried when the infection is not controlled by the medications like antibiotic oral or by ear drops. Usually antibiotics are given after piercing the ear drug. Pierced ear drum heal without any deformity.

I advice you to take care that water does not enter the ear while giving bath to your son, the ear should be kept dry.

Yet again, I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Answered: Sat, 14 Apr 2012
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor