5 Facts About Otitis Media You Must Know

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Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear which most often is seen in infants and children, from 6 months to 3 years of age. It is not seen very frequently in adolescents and older people. Ear infection is not transmitted from person to person as it is not communicable. Most doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection after waiting for a day or two. Following are a few facts to be known about this ailment:


1.    What really is Otitis media?

Otitis media is an infection or inflammation caused because of cold or sore throat which spreads to the ear. By the age of three some kids suffer from ear infection two to three times. Otitis media is basically seen in children and very rarely affect adults.


2.    What are the symptoms which help identifying Otitis media?

Some of the symptoms are pain in ear, inflammation of the ear drum pus or fluid in the ear canal. Many a times there might be no symptoms at all so check out for crying, tugging ears, trouble in talking and hearing difficulty. Recurrent otitis media could be very severe and can lead to hearing loss. The treatment regime for otitis media involves antibiotics though homeopathic medicines have also given positive results.


3.    Nutrition and food for Otitis Media

Garlic is a potent antibacterial agent. Thus using garlic oil drop will give relief to the pain.  Reducing the consumption of some common foods such as milk, dairy products, corn and wheat will facilitate better and quicker recovery. Most kids have a sweet tooth. But unfortunately, sugar is known to reduce the functioning of immune system. Thus consuming rich sweets such as candies and cakes would only enhance the chances of Otitis media to recur. If you are still breast feeding your child it is advisable to continue feeding to avoid the above mentioned foods.


4.    Role of vitamins

Vitamin C helps in strengthening the immune system, killing the pathogens. Vitamins A and Zinc have antioxidants properties, so these reduce ear infections. Thus make sure you include these vitamins in the diet.

  • Note: do consult your doctor before increasing the intake of Vitamin A and Zinc in your child’s food.


5.    Otitis media treatment

The cause of Otitis media is an infection in the upper respiratory system. The treatment usually involves decongestants, antihistamines and antibiotics. Though, if the condition is severe there could be a minor surgery to remove the pus. However, doctors primarily aim to treat the condition with antibiotics before taking surgery in consideration.


6.    More about Otitis

Any kind of infection in the ear must not be taken lightly and you should immediately get help of a doctor. Otitis media is more common in boys than girls and takes place most often in winters than in summers.


So, if you have a kid who is under seven years of age and gives the above mentioned symptoms related to ear, take an appointment from an appropriate doctor without delay. 

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