Caught a Cold, Fluid Behind My Eardrum

Discussion in 'Support' started by Mandalay, Sep 22, 2019.

    1. Mandalay

      Mandalay Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Hi there everyone,

      I caught a cold and Saturday last week I realised that there is water, or something, behind my eardrum in the right ear. I went to the ENT, and first she tried to cure it by using
      medicine like Sinupret. Then it did not improve and she described me Azithromycin, an Antibiotic. I had to take it for three days.

      I checked the Antibiotic first, also on here, and realised it can be ototoxic. But I felt so sick and the ENT assured me it won't be any problem and I should take it (not Amoxicillin). Well, ok, I was lucky, it did not turn out to be ototoxic for me, did not make my tinnitus worse again or anything.

      But, I finished the Azithromycin now and the infection is still there. It is not a real otitis media, it is just something we call in Germany "Paukenerguss", I could not find a translation for that. It means, there is still fluid behind the eardrum. The ENT also said that the eardrums look both sucked in and grey. With this right now I am not working, and I still feel sick. It's been 12 days now already, I can't believe it.

      Tomorrow I will go to the ENT again and ask what to do. I don't feel that I can work still having this.
      I read on the internet that if the fluid doesn't subside the eardrum needs to be cut in and I'm scared.
      I try to blow the fluid out all the time by blowing my nose, but still it does not work and I still have the sniffles. What the hell can I do now? Wait?

      I'm using nasal spray, also the one with Cortisone but actually nothing helps.

      Maybe one of you has advice?

      Thanks,

      Mandalay
       
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      AUTHOR
      Mandalay

      Mandalay Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Update:

      Hi there everyone,

      there is still fluid behind my eardrum, in the middle ear I guess. The ENT told me it is not an ear infection, but the other thing which is connected to the eustachian tube. It means, my right ear inside is still somehow swollen, the fluid is still in there, but it is not an ear infection.
      I took Prednisolone and Azithromycin already, the fluid has not subsided yet, but if feels better than last week.

      The ENT said to wait for the healing.

      It has been almost 3 weeks now, what can I do? Do you have any advice?

      I only know that if it doesn't go away the ENT has to cut in my eardrum and put a tiny thing in it to get the fluid out. Of course I don't want this procedure...

      Does any of you have any experience with this?

      Thanks,
      Mandalay
       
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      AUTHOR
      Mandalay

      Mandalay Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Update: Today I'm feeling better, I still have hope that the fluid in my right ear will subside.

      It just came into my mind to mention this:

      I asked the ENT if Azithromycin is ototoxic, and she looked it up in a special internal system on her computer. What it exactly was where she looked I don't know.

      And then she said: No in Germany the Azithromycin is not listed for being ototoxic. And the she added "but the Americans say that". Aha, I thought. But she did not comment it any further.

      Then she mentioned that Ciprofloxacin is listed as being very ototoxic, so I put this Information here because it could be important.
       
    4. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Mandalay for whatever it's worth, I find boiling water with a splash of apple cider vinegar in it, and putting a towel over my head and spending 10-15 minutes breathing in the steam (carefully) helps some. Drink lots of fluids and sometimes exercise followed by chewing a meal helps me oddly. Hope you get relief.
       
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      AUTHOR
      Mandalay

      Mandalay Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Hi Rb86,

      thanks for your advice. I have the apple cider vinegar at home. Nice Idea, I will try this.

      Now it's 80 percent gone, so not bad, but not completely healed either.
      I know it takes time, and it seems long, but I have had it only 3 weeks tomorrow, so that's not
      too bad. Also I have one tablet of Prednisolone left to take against the swelling.
       

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