No home remedies....other than finding those Q-tips and throwing them away. Q-tips should NEVER be used inside the ears -- a bad habit of his that most likely caused damage or a rupture to his eardrum.
Without examining him, there is really no way to determine how serious the eardrum injury is....a full rupture? Or, just inflammatory damage to this sensitive membrane from being poked? His hearing my be affected for a while, depending on the extent of the damage.
The right thing to do is see a medical provider now so his ears can be properly examined using an otoscope. Then, and only then, will he know the extent of the injury and how long he might be expected to having his symptoms. If the injury is extensive, he may need to see an ENT specialist.
Life is full of "experiences" so I hope this experience has taught him NEVER to use Q-tips in his ears in the future.View Thread
These symptoms may be considered "normal" due to an underlying infection....an infection that lead to the ruptured eardrum. His vomiting could have been related to vertigo/dizziness, not uncommon with a severe ear infection.
What KIND of antibiotic treatment is your son using?
Even though a ruptured eardrum sounds serious, most of these natural occurences (this is nature's way of dealing with infection and pressure) will completely heal in a few weeks. As long as the underlying infection is appropriately treated, you son should be fine.View Thread
Your doctor is trying LOTS of different things, perhaps because the diagnosis is unclear based on his examination. You may need to see an ENT for a higher-level evaluation.
Itchy ears and Q-tips are connected. Stop those Q-tips, but I am sure you have contributed to the underlying problem. Itchy ears can be eczema...it could be fungal.....or any number of various skin infections, including impetigo. Since you had the "sore" in your ear, it can now be a bacterial infection, or even a relatively-rare herpetic condition called Ramsay-Hunt. This is why an ENT would be helpful, rather than a shotgun approach using various, different treatment modalities.
Impetigo is usually Staph, and Staph is very common in the nose, so it would be nice to know if you have MRSA - a particularly-nasty, drug resistant type. You would need to have this cultured by the lab to see.
And, of course, you may have cold or allergy to add a bit of icing to this array of symptoms you are having.View Thread
I forgot about you A-fib meds. There are other anti-nausea meds, though, like phenergan, so you may want to ask your doctor. Phenergan will make you sleepy, but it does work. It even comes in suppositories if you are unable to hold down the oral meds. Perhaps, not the most pleasant way to administer a drug, but it does bypass the stomach! While I admire the "no vertigo" stance that your ENT has had, that is a difficult statement to make with your extensive history. Perhaps he should have said "considerably less vertigo", and you would not be overly disappointed when these event occur. In the bigger picture, you have done much, much better since the shunt, so hopefully, things will settle down again for another year....or longer.
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The only thing that anyone can predict about tinnitus is it's unpredictability. Never in my wildest imagination did I think my tinnitus (that started over ten years ago) would be permanent....but clearly, it is. Of course, mine was not caused by an acoustic injury. A common source of tinnitis is "central" (the brain), so this noise is technically in our heads, or at least that is the way it is interpreted by our brains.
You are doing everything that you can, including things that have been disproven as being effective (like the vitamins), so if you do improve, who cares what did it? Try and remain optimistic and be encouraged by the statistical fact that most of these acoustic injuries do improve....over time. Perhaps, your improvement will not be as fast as you would like, but as long as you are seeing ANY improvement, this is good.View Thread
Well, only your post-surgical response will provide that answer. Clearly, you have more than just a deviated septum, so hopefully, you will see improvement. With delving into your case, I can't say that the ENTs explanation is not possible. You would need to see another ENT for an official "second opinion" if you have any doubts before heading to the operating room.View Thread
As you know, there are many, many causes of vertigo. We will just assume that these new episodes are really caused by the same 'ol issues as the past. I don't know if your shunt is functional or not. That was a very strong conviction when your ENT said you will never have vertigo again. I am not sure I could ever make a 100% claim like that, so you will need to let him know that "it's back!".
A person can have a type of vertigo that make you feel like the room is spinning, or a type that makes you feel that YOU are spinning in a room that is stable. Basically, they are the same, it is just how your brain makes the interpretation.
Have you tried your old medicine regimes again, including the Zofran or meclizine? Did it help?
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Arm surgery likely this summer. Not happy about it, obviously, but what can you do?View Thread
Even if you can't get an appointment, you can at least call about the Flonase. I am sorry, but since I am not your treating medical provider, I cannot tell you to stop this medication. Only your doctor can do this....View Thread
Your next step is to see an ENT specialist. This is really the ONLY way you can be properly diagnosed and treated. Right now, you do NOT have a definitive diagnosis, so there is really no way one can discuss cures...or know what can be done.View Thread