Posted by: loraine | 2011-09-14


My mother is 56 years old. For the last 5 weeks
She suffers from blocked ears! When she swallows
She hears a cracking sound. Antibiotics are not
Working for her and she does not experience any
Pain?? The doctor mentioned something about a virus?
Please can you assist????

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Dear Loraine
You may be describing a condition called Otits Media with Effusion (OME), due to inability of the Eustachian tube to function properly. This may be due to an upper respiratiry tract infection. most likely caused by a virus.
The condition results in fluid build-up in the middle ear cleft, and can be diagnosed with an examination, and confirmed by tympanomatry. It usually settles on antibiotics and cortisone, and in adults the condition usually settles after a period of time. This could be after three months only, If it does not settle, the condition can be managed by the placement of grommets. Consult your doctor.


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