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Diagnosed with cold and ear infection. Pain and difficulty in hearing. Ear congestion persisting. Need different antibiotics?

Hello, I was diagnosed with a cold (1 week ago) and an ear infection (5 days ago). I had pain and difficulty hearing in my left ear and was prescribed antibiotics (I complete the dose in approx. 2 days). The pain went away within 2 days. I am still congested, however, and starting this morning I have not been able to hear out of my right ear at all. It feels like there is a lot of pressure and it is a little painful. When I blow my nose, I hear crackling noises in my ears. Do I need different antibiotics? Is it a virus? Should I return to my physician? Thank you.
Asked On : Sat, 9 Feb 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Welcome in H.C.M.
I have gone through your query regarding your ear pain and loss of hearing for about a weeks time. you are having cold and when you clean your nose you get buzzing sound in your ears. you have already visited a doctor and as per advice you are taking antibiotic which had made you free from pain but fullness in ear is persisting.
Considering all these development I would like to tell you since this antibiotic had help in pain so no need to change it but you should add anti inflammatory , anti histaminic and decongestant like steam inhalation etc in your treatment. In this way you will get the response.
Hope your query is explained.

With Regards.
Answered: Sat, 9 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Polash Sannigrahi's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello Katherine..
The symptoms as mentioned in your post suggest that you might be having Serous Otitis media (Otitis media with Effusion/Glue ear)
In this condition...the middle ear cavity gets filled with serous fluid, resulting in congestion and bulging of eardrum, sensation of pressure in ears & interference with transmission of sound (conductive hearing loss).
Management is based on diagnosis by physical examination & tympanometry. will be better to consult an ENT specialist & get a proper physical examination done to find out the exact cause.
So that proper management steps could be taken.
Wishing you a Good Health. Let me know if I need to clarify further.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Sat, 9 Feb 2013
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