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Old 01-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Today I took ds1 in to the ped. He's on day 10 of an on/off high fever, awful cough + he's been complaining of his throat aching & not eating.
She found a bubble in his ear, used the air puffer and "pushed the FLU down & out the eustacian tube". Not the fluid- the flu? Is that even possible? I've never heard of that. In the mean time I'm worried that his ear is actually infected & causing some of the sore throat... She did a rapid strep test (neg) & sent one out. & said if he keeps complaining come back because strep usually follows the flu...
In other words he should get better fairly quickly now?!

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Re: Flu/bubble in ear??

Umm, that makes no sense. The eustacian tube connect to the ear on the inside of the ear drum, so how did she use the air puffer and blow something down the tube from the outside of the ear, unless his drum was punctured?
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Re: Flu/bubble in ear??

Does he have tubes?
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Uh oh... Idk?! I didn't think it made sense. No- no tubes.
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Umm, that makes no sense. The eustacian tube connect to the ear on the inside of the ear drum, so how did she use the air puffer and blow something down the tube from the outside of the ear, unless his drum was punctured?
Yup. I agree. Maybe call back for clarification??
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Re: Flu/bubble in ear??

From http://www.entspecialistsnh.com/diag...atment/ears-2/
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Infection: Viruses, such as those causing the common “cold” or “flu,” can attack the inner ear and its nerve connections to the brain. This can result in severe vertigo, but hearing is usually spared. However, a bacterial infection such as mastoiditis that extends into the inner ear will completely destroy both the hearing and the equilibrium function of that ear. The severity of dizziness and recovery time will be similar to that of skull fracture.

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What many people don’t know is that sinusitis, though beginning in the sinuses can also contribute to an ear infection. The reason is that the sinuses and the ears are connected through the Eustachian tube, and something as simple as sneezing can push infection right out to the ears. Not only can infection move out to the ears but also down to the lungs. Sinusitis is not entirely unrelated to an upper respiratory infection. Often Sinusitis, ear infection, and upper respiratory infection have similar, if not the same, causes.

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:33 PM   #7
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Well that's a bit scary, especially the first! Hah! He doesn't act like his balance has been effected, but idk.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:35 AM   #8
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Re: Flu/bubble in ear??

Well yes, but that doesn't change the fact that the middle ear and Eustachian tube are on the other side of your eardrum, so unless that has ruptured I don't know what blowing air into the ear would do, since the eardrum is in the way?
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Re: Flu/bubble in ear??

I have never heard of that. I didn't know that flu could settle in your eye either. That happened to DS and caused cellulitus. It looked like he had a bells palsy or worse. The whole left side of his face was drooping.
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