(Last Updated on : 07/03/2017)
Middle Ear Infection is an Ear disease
caused due to inflammation of the middle or internal ear. This condition arises as a result of exposure to cold, common cold
, sinusitis, tonsillitis
, decayed teeth, eruption of teeth in children and cutting of wisdom teeth in adults. It is the most serious ear disorders also known as Otitis Media in medical parlance.
Symptoms of Middle Ear Infection
In most cases the symptoms of a middle ear infection develops quickly and resolve in a few days. The main symptoms include:
Lack of energy
Slight hearing loss
In some cases, a hole may develop in the eardrum and pus may run out of the ear. Signs in young children include pulling, tugging or rubbing their ear, irritability, poor feeding or restlessness at night, cough
ing or a runny nose, diarrhoea
, unresponsiveness to quiet sounds or other signs of difficulty hearing, such as inattentiveness and loss of balance.
Causes of Middle Ear Infection
Middle Ear Infection generally follows the infection of upper respiratory tract. The swelling of the mucous in the throat blocks the Eustachian tube, which connects the ears with the throat and nose. This causes the pus to collect in the middle ear cavity.
The real cause of middle ear infection is, however, the outcome of previous medical treatment of childhood fevers or due to operations for the removal of tonsils or adenoids. The disease denotes that toxins, which nature has been trying to throw off through the usual channels of elimination, have been diverted back into the system and have been lodged in the inner-ear structure. This causes the continual suppuration and discharge associated with the disease.
Treatment of Middle Ear Infection
will help relieve the pain. The pain of middle-ear infection can be relieved by hot fomentations to the side of the head over the ear or by hot footbath. Treatment of Middle Ear Infection by Magnetic Therapy
is also very effective.
A thorough internal cleansing of the system is essential to get rid of toxins, which are the root of the trouble and clear up the infection. He should completely eliminate the foods, which raise the amount of phlegm like milled rice
, sugar and lentils.
Certain home remedies
have been found beneficial in the treatment of earache and discharge from the ear resulting from middle-ear infection.
Garlic: A few cloves should be warmed and mashed with salt. This mixture should be wrapped in a piece of woolen cloth and placed on the painful ear. Simultaneously, 2 or 3 cloves of garlic should be chewed daily for few days. It will give relief.
Garlic Oil: This is also a popular remedy for earache. A few drops of this oil should be put in the affected ear. This will give immediate relief.
Margosa Oil: 1 or 2 drops of this oil can be instilled into the ear with beneficial results.
Milk: The use of breast milk is a popular remedy for the inflammatory condition of the ear. Few drops of this milk put in the affected ear will give relief.
Onion: This is beneficial in the treatment of pus in the ear. The juice extracted from an onion should be slightly warmed and put in the ear 2 or 3 times daily. It will bring good results.
The patient should undertake regular exercise
and outdoor games. Fresh air and sun bathing are of vital importance. The patient should sit in the sun so that sunlight penetrates the inner part of his ear for 15 minutes. It will help stop the discharge of pus from the ear.