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Prednisone for Ear inflammation?
picturemaker posted:
Saw an ENT the other day as I have had ringing in my left ear for nearly a month, which also seems to affect my eyes and head hurt. He discovered that I have hearing loss in my left ear, which really did not surprise me, but has prescribed prednisone for the next 15 days, starting @ 50mg for five days, then 40 for 4, 30 for 3 days, 20 for 2 days, 10 for one day at stop. How does this help what is it suppose to do? Does the reduced dosages seem ok? he thinks it will reduce the inflammation that might be in the ear and stop the ringing in my ear. From listening to him, I don't think he is completely sure that is the problem. Should I see another ENT for a another diagnosis? I have read nothing good about prednisone after I looked it up on the Internet. Somewhat concerned about taking it. I am in good health, 52 years old, best shape of my life, male, any thoughts?
Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Prednisone is often use (tired) in new cases of sudden hearing loss and ringing, but you will not know if it helps unless you try your ENTs suggestion. That is an appropriate, tapering dose. It is certainly safe to try this approach. Does it work or help? Sometimes.

You are correct. The ENT may not know what is causing those symptoms. As a matter of fact, even after exhaustive diagnostic tests (which you may need), a cause may never be found. Sadly, changes can take place in the sensitive inner ear or even the brain that can cause these troubling, difficult-to-diagnose symptoms.

At this point, I think you should stick with your ENT until the course of steroids has been completed. Expect to have more diagnostic tests if this doesn't help.

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