The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Opportunistic InfectionsOpportunistic Infections
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Ear fluid buildup in slow progressor
Dec 28, 1999

Pardon me if this is not your field of expertise.

I am a slow progressor infected since 1986, not on any antivirals, t-cells in the 600 and holding, viral load in the 20,000 and holding. I have developed fluid buildup in my ears and have had them drained twice. Have some allergies but nothing like this before. I'm generally healthy but with low testosterone.

My doctor says that HIV positive people sometimes develop this. I haven't seen anything about this in my searches on the internet. Is this a possible condition with HIV? Is there any treatment that you know of other than drain tubes?

This condition causes hearing loss for me.

Any information would be appreciated.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

I know of no clear connection between middle ear fluid and HIV per se. You may have allergies or sinus problems that predispose you to this. You don't mention whther you have tried decongestants on a regular basis. You might also want to consult an ENT specialist who is experienced in seeing people with HIV.

Pain in joints and lower back.
Worried And Wondering About

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint