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Are You Suffering with Ear Infection? It May Be Otitis Media!

By Focusappsstore023 Subscribe to RSS | December 12th 2011 | Views:
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Ear infections are very common. Most of the people have suffered with them in least once in their life time. Ear infection may be caused by many things such as minor injury, moisture in the ear etc. The moisture may come from bathing or swimming. Allergies can also cause ear infection.

Ear injuries can be caused by excessive use of cotton swabs, bacterial growth, discomfort, infection etc. most of the ear infections take place in the middle ear which is located behind the ear drum. Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear. It may be of many types, various names are used to describe its severity. It is very common condition in children as well as in adults. The sufferers may feel discomfort. Itching in the year should not be taken as ear infection.

• Acute condition of otitis media is mostly viral and self- limited. One can feel mild discomfort and popping during the condition, if our middle ear which is normally sterile becomes contaminated with bacteria, can result into pus and pressure in the middle ear. This is known asacute condition of this disorder.

• Viral condition soon can lead to bacterial infection, especially in children. Ear inflammation can cause severe ear pain, restlessness and problem in the hearing.

• The blockage in the Eustachian tube, which links the middle ear to oral cavity, can cause inflammation.

• Opening of the Eustachian tube is important for treating the inflammation. Otitis media is commonly caused by viruses or bacteria. Malfunctioning of Eustachian tube is a major risk factor of causing the condition.

• Acute otitis media makes stuffy nose and cold, it can cause severe pain in the ear. Usually the pain stops within 2- 3 days but it can last for more than a week also. It can rupture the ear drum and can result into the discharge of pus from the middle ear. The rupture drum rapidly heals by itself.

• It can progress to more severe condition. The tissues surrounding the Eustachian tube may swell due to an upper respiratory infection.

• Children are found more prone to otitis media because of their shorter Eustachian tube. Children’s tube is less stiff and narrower also. It leads to the chances of bacterial infection.Many other factors can also cause otitis media in children such as wrong way of feeding, parental smoking, allergies, diet etc.

The treatment plan may be of various kinds such as

• Symptomatic: in this condition oral and topical analgesics are used to treat the painful condition of otitis media.

• Antibiotics: most of the cases get rid of by the above mentioned measures; otherwise antibiotics are used to treat the condition although they leave adverse effects.

• Tympanostomy tube: this treatment is applied on some chronic cases that got affected 6 or 4 times in a year

• Alternative therapies: sometimes other treatments which are not proved in the medical science are used to treat.

By taking proper diet and adopting healthy life style, it’s possible to get prevented from the condition.

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