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Ear infection symptoms and treatment
Middle ear infection symptoms may vary between individuals in character and intensity. The most common ear infection symptoms are: ear pain, discomfort and in some cases an itchy ear.
The onset of ear infection symptoms is rapid. It is extremely important to detect ear infection symptoms at an early stage in order to determine accurate treatment and prevent further complications (such as ruptured eardrum and hearing loss). Usually, ear infection symptoms arise due to a bacterial or viral infection in the fluid that builds up inside the middle ear. In many cases, ear infection symptoms follow an upper respiratory related infection, such as a common cold, or a fever.
The most common symptom of an infection is ear pain. However, it is important to note that the pain does not necessarily indicate a middle ear infection. Ear pain may occur due to fluid buildup in the middle ear (e.g. after a cold) or related to “referred pain” such as a tooth ache.
Ear infection symptoms in children and adults can include:
- Increased irritability and inconsolable crying (especially in toddlers and young children).
- Trouble sleeping.
- Diarrhea, Vomiting, nausea and vertigo.
- Fever or high temperature may occur as well.
- Loss of balance.
- Discharge or increased secretion from the ear.
- Diminished hearing.
- Plugged ear or fullness sensation in the ear.
- Perforation of eardrum in some cases, which leads to mucus outburst and usually relieves pain. A perforated eardrum should heal by itself within a few weeks and should not be a cause of concern.
In some occasions additional symptoms may appear:
- Thick and glue-like fluid.
- Inflammation and fluid buildup in the middle ear.
- Ear pain.
- Sore throat.
- Diminished hearing in the affected ear.
- Increased likelihood for ruptured eardrum.
Ear infection symptoms may vary in intensity from one person to another. However, these are a few common ear infection symptoms that are worth considering when diagnosing a middle ear infection.
The main symptom of acute middle ear infection is severe pain in the affected ear, resulting from the pressure of fluid on the ear drum. When the ear infection is caused by bacterial infection other ear infection symptoms may appear, these include:
Flu-like symptoms (especially in children) such as vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and apathy.
So, now that the adults have recognized the ear infection symptoms in adults, it is time to learn on some possible alternative treatments to cure the infections. Ear infection symptoms in adults often show up due to bacteria or a virus. You can try the Eardoc before you start antibiotics, and avoid side effects and unneeded antibiotics in your body.
Treatment for ear infections:
There are a few treatments that can be considered for ear infections. Some are natural and some are drugs and antibiotics. When starting a treatment, make sure the treatment is for the problem and not the symptoms. Many antibiotics treat symptoms (and act like pain killers) instead of taking care of the problem in the ear infection – the fluids and air accumulated in the middle ear. Taking the pain away does not mean that the problem will be solved. It is much recommended to take a holistic comprehensive approach, taking care of the symptoms. Read more here on how to treat the ear infections without seeing a doctor.
Recently, the AAP (the American Academy of Pediatrics have issued new guidelines regarding diagnosis, treatment and parental care of ear infections. The main conclusions drawn from these guidelines is that “Watch & wait” is recommended before taking any antibiotics. Take the time, breath deeply, and even if your kid is suffering wait for 48-72 before you start the antibiotics. Also suggested on the guidelines is to keep track of vaccines schedule (flu shots and prevnar13 in particular). Want to know more? The huffington post has posted a great article summarizing these new and improved guidelines for ear infections.
To count a few of the possible treatments in the holistic approach, you can choose natural oils & extracts (such as garlic oil and onion oil) and herbal tea which is good for the body. Also recommended is something to drain the fluids from the middle ear.
Eardoc – the best solution to treat an ear infection and relieve ear pain
- Alternative for ear tube surgery.
- Immediate ear pain relief.
- Suitable for both children and adults.
- Non-invasive, and easy to use.
Eardoc is a non-invasive approved medical device for middle ear infection (Otitis media) treatment and other conditions involving ear pain in children and adults.
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Eardoc – Treat the problem, not the symptom!