Otitis treatment

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Otitis is an ear inflammation caused by an infection. ENT doctors distinguish external, middle and internal otitis depending on the location. The primary treatment is limited to conservative therapy (antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and analgesic drops). However, in severe cases, doctors turn to surgery.

Otitis is a complication of an ear infection (due to bacteria, viruses, and fungus). It is a fairly common disease, which ENT doctors divide into types:

  • External otitis affects the external auditory canal and the ear up to the eardrum. It is often called a swimmer's ear, as the leading reason is over-exposure to water. Moisture in a warm ear creates a favourable environment for infection.
  • Otitis media involves the middle ear and is caused by infections, tumours, and colds in the nose and throat. Doctors divide acute and chronic otitis media.

ENT doctors separate the concept of glue ear, a condition in which the middle ear fills with a thick and sticky liquid that resembles glue.

  • An internal ear infection is always secondary, which develops due to other diseases (flu, tuberculosis, syphilis). A distinctive feature of this form is severe dizziness.

An ear infection is a condition for both children and adults. According to statistics, approximately 10% of the population experience the disease at least once. In addition, about 75% of children under three years of age have at least one episode of otitis media.

Otolaryngologists identify several factors in the development of the disease: ear injury, hypothermia, water in the ear canal and careless cleaning of the ear.

The symptoms of otitis vary depending on whether the disorder affects the inner, middle, or outer ear:

  • Otalgia (ear pain);
  • Ear redness;
  • Itching in the ear;
  • Hearing loss and noise in ears;
  • Otorrhoea (ear discharge of pus, blood, fluid);
  • Autophony (resonation of the patient's voice in the diseased ear).

Advanced forms of ear inflammation might have the following additional signs: fever, fatigue, vomiting, swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, dizziness and loss of balance.

As a rule, it isn't a severe condition and heals on its own. But sometimes, without timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, otitis provokes complications: paresis of the facial nerve, brain abscess, meningitis, and hearing loss.

Ear hygiene plays an essential role in the treatment of an ear infection. First, ENT doctors clean the ears of fluid and pus, after which they prescribe drops with antibiotics, hormones or painkillers. Lately, surgery is required to remove the accumulation of pus in case of rapid worsening and complications.

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