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Myringotomy With P.e. Tubes


A myringotomy is a procedure to put a tube through a hole in your eardrum. The eardrum protects your middle ear and helps you hear. Pressure equalizing (PE) tubes drain fluid from inside your ear. Over time, the tube will fall out or be removed by a healthcare provider.

Ear Anatomy



  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to help treat or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
  • Steroids: This medicine may be given as drops to help decrease pain and swelling in your ear.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or otolaryngologist as directed:

You may need to return to have your ear checked. You may need to return to have the PE tube removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care for your ears:

Gently use a tissue to remove fluid leaking from your ear. Do not use cotton swabs in your ear when you have a PE tube. Ask how to clean your ear after your myringotomy.


You may need to avoid activities, such as swimming. Ask how long you need to do this.

Contact your healthcare provider or otolaryngologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have changes in your hearing.
  • You have trouble tasting food, or cannot taste food at all.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have hearing loss, ear ringing, or dizziness after you use eardrops.
  • You have blood or pus coming from your ear.
  • You have new trouble breathing.
  • You have severe pain in your ear.
  • You have sudden hearing loss.

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