The ENT specialist or an ear doctor will insert an otoscope to see the ear canal. If the fluid in the ears is there for more than three or four months, following an ear infection, consider the condition chronic. The diagnosis will depend on the symptoms a patient may be feeling.
Myringotomy is performed to relieve pressure caused by excessive buildup of fluid in the middle ear. The ENT specialist creates a small hole in the eardrum to drain out fluids such as pus, blood, or water. The doctor may put in a tube to prevent it from getting back up. It is an outpatient procedure and is performed under local anesthesia. However, children may be kept under observation for one night to monitor their post-operative condition.