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How long does fluid in the ear last in adults?

Symptoms of otitis media usually improve within 48 to 72 hours, but the fluid that has built up in the middle ear may last for up to 3 months.

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Besides, what causes fluid in the inner ear in adults?

Common causes for developing fluid in the ear for both adults and children include:

  • Allergies1?
  • Any kind of congestion, from a cold virus, similar infection, or even pregnancy.
  • Enlarged sinus tissue, nasal polyps, tonsils, and adenoids, or other growths which block the auditory tube (usually caused by chronic sinusitis)

Furthermore, will fluid behind eardrum go away on its own? The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum. Otitis media with effusion means there is fluid (effusion) in the middle ear, without an infection. Fluid in the middle ear can have few symptoms, especially if it develops slowly. It almost always goes away on its own in a few weeks to a few months.

In this regard, how do you get rid of fluid in your ear?

If water does get trapped in your ear, you can try several at-home remedies for relief:

  1. Jiggle your earlobe.
  2. Make gravity do the work.
  3. Create a vacuum.
  4. Use a blow dryer.
  5. Try alcohol and vinegar eardrops.
  6. Use hydrogen peroxide eardrops.
  7. Try olive oil.
  8. Try more water.

What causes fluid in the ear but no infection?

Earaches can happen without an infection. This occurs when air and fluid build up behind the eardrum causing a feeling of fullness and discomfort and reduced hearing. This is called otitis media with effusion (OME) or serous otitis media. It means there is fluid in the middle ear.

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