ear infection

Ear Infection

 

Ear infection known as “otitis media” is an inflammation or an infection that affects the middle ear. Middle ear places immediately after the eardrum. 

An acute “otitis media” lasts for a short time, is painful and is usually preceded by an upper respiratory infection or allergy.

A chronic “otitis media” lasts for a long time and it recurs many times.

Every ear, behind the eardrum, has a tube named “eustachian” tube which links the nasopharynx to the middle ear. If, for any reason (cold, throat infection, virus or allergy), the eustachian tube gets blocked, fluid accumulates inside the middle ear. This is the perfect ground to grow germs such as viruses and bacteria which can cause infections.

A severe media otitis can cause perforation of the eardrum.

It is known that ear infection affects the most of the babies and children all over the world. Till the age of three, 80% of the children will be affected from otitis media for the first time. Boys are more prone than girls.

Attention: Infants who suffer from ear infection are prone to develop allergic eczema and asthma.

The medical approach is antibiotics, pain relievers, some ear drops and antihistamines. The application of a warm tissue on the outside of the ear is quite helpful against the pain. If there is no cure with all the above then surgery is the only solution.

 

Symptoms

  • Sharp earache
  • Irritability
  • A feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Fever
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Hearing loss
  • Fluid oozing from ears
  • Vomiting
  • Children pull at their ears in an attempt to stop the ache.

 

Causes

  • Common cold.
  • Parents are smokers
  • Genetic factors (heredity)
  • They are not breastfeed
  • Bottle-feeding
  • They have a low immune system
  • They are going to nursery school
  • Use babies’ dummies

 

Recommendations

  • A good way to stop bacteria and viruses is to teach your child to wash his hands often.
  • Get annual flu shots
  • Avoid allergenic food (egg, peanut, corn, tomato, milk, wheat)Reduce dairy products
  • Prefer soy milk
  • Do not blow the nose in case of ear infection
  • Take nutritional supplements such as vitamin B complex, C and E, manganese, zinc and xylitol.
  • Keep the ear canal dry when bathing.

In the market there are also some formulas which help the treatment of ear infection and are based in Chinese medicine.

 

 

Beneficial Herbs

 

Herb

Form

Benefits

Astragalus

 

Strengthens body’s resistance to disorder

Echinacea

Extract (swish in mouth)

Stops drainage

Garlic

Oil (ear drops)

Antibacterial

Goldenseal

Extract (swish in mouth)

Stops drainage

Green tea

Catechin extract.

Against viral infections, allergies or asthma

Mullein

Oil (eardrops)

Soothing

Olive leaf

Extract

Against infections

Pinellia

Ear drops

Relieves oozing infection

Scutellaria

Fluidextract

Prevents viral infection of Eustachian tube

St. John’s wort

Oil (eardrops)

Anti-inflammatory