- Otitis - than could face an ear infection
- Acute and chronic
One of the most common complications of the common cold - is otitis. The most common ear infections occur in young children, but can also develop in adults. The majority of ear infections can be treated easily with antibiotics, or without them, but repeated infections can sometimes lead to hearing loss.
Most often, otitis media occurs when the middle ear fluid accumulates and pus. This type of infection is called otitis media. Another type of infection develops when inflammation of the outer ear. It otitis externa
Otitis externa - all the dangers of the disease
, Better known as "swimmer's ear".
Causes of otitis
The causes of otitis media may be viruses, bacteria, fungal organisms, as well as exposure to allergens. In any case, in the outer or inner ear structures begin inflammatory processes, and this leads to the characteristic symptoms of otitis. Some people due to the structural features of the eustachian tube more than others prone to develop otitis media. As a rule, such people suffer from early childhood otitis more often their peers.
Viral otitis media may be caused by a different influenza virus and viruses that cause the common cold, tonsillitis, and other common ailments. Among bacterial pathogens of various types of otitis media may be, for example, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and other bacteria.
The following factors increase the chance of developing otitis media:
- Children's age;
- The birth of premature and / or low birth weight;
- Immune deficiency;
- Neuromuscular diseases;
- Feeding formula milk
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instead of breast milk;
- Smoking (including passive smoking);
- Living in areas with high levels of air pollution;
- Water sports;
- Accommodation in warm and humid regions.
Signs of otitis
Almost all types of otitis media is characterized by pain in the ears and a more or less significant hearing loss. Depending on the type of disease, it can also cause noise or ringing in the ears, fever, headache, nausea, dizziness, poor appetite. Sometimes, a few days before the beginning of the acute phase of the disease there are early signs of otitis media as itching in the ear canal, ear and nasal sensation of mild discomfort in the ears.
Signs of otitis media in adults are often less severe than in children. Often they have the disease causes severe fever and general malaise, and often carries on his feet.
Restoration of hearing after otitis media in the vast majority of patients is quick, as a rule - no more than 7-10 days after the first symptoms. In some cases, after nasal otitis ear may persist for some time, but it usually does not cause significant discomfort.
For adults and older children, the most obvious sign of infection is a pain in the ears. The children in the development of otitis sometimes fever. These symptoms usually appear after the patient suffered a cold or runny nose.
In very young children may also have pain in the ears, but they can not tell their parents about their concerns. But you can guess about the disease on other grounds, such as:
- The baby pulls ear
- Crying more than usual
- Can not sleep
- From ear fluid flows
- The child is difficult to keep his balance, he is hard of hearing
- Unexplained fever
Diagnosis of otitis
Usually diagnosed otitis media on the results of the survey, which is carried out using a special tool - the otoscope. Change the color of the tympanic membrane or the external auditory canal skin, swelling, severe skin peeling, separation - that the signs by which a doctor can determine that the patient has otitis. To determine the cause of otitis media can be analyzed discharge from the ears, or a procedure in which the cavity of the middle ear fluid is pumped for further laboratory analysis. If you suspect that some of the complications of otitis media may also need a CT scan.
Treatment of otitis
In the past, the standard treatment of otitis was a plurality of absorption of antibiotics. However, in recent years there has been a sharp jump in antibiotic resistance. For this reason, it is not necessary to ask the doctor to prescribe antibiotics over the phone without an inspection. Furthermore, as a result of a number of studies have shown that many otitis tested by themselves in 2-3 days without any treatment.
This does not mean that if you or your child otitis media, you do not need to take antibiotics. But it says that should definitely visit the doctor and by inspection to determine which course of treatment would be.
Children under 6 months is acceptable to give antibiotics in the event of an inspection by a doctor who has diagnosed or strongly suspected infection based on symptoms and how the disease occurs.
Children from 6 months to 2 years can be treated with antibiotics if the diagnosis is confirmed or there are severe symptoms, which for some time were monitored and, quite obviously, become even more pronounced. If the diagnosis can not be confirmed, it may be recommended that treatment. Antibiotics are prescribed to children from 2 years old when the diagnosis is confirmed, and when the child is very sick. In addition, antibiotics can be used in other cases where the symptoms of the disease in children is very difficult and eventually become more serious.
Complications of otitis
Since then, both were first widely available antibiotics, otitis media has become much less likely to cause complications than it was before the discovery of these drugs. However, the likelihood of complications still exists. Despite the fact that most people otitis ear - though unpleasant, but quite harmless disease, in some cases it causes violations such as mastoiditis, intracranial asbtsess, encephalocele, facial paralysis
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. Hearing loss with otitis is rare and usually temporary. However, in some cases, this complication of otitis media can lead to a delay of speech development
Delayed speech development - when to sound the alarm
in young children. Hearing impairment and paralysis of the facial nerve - complications that often occur after otitis inner ear.
Serious complications of otitis media in adults with generally good health, occur less often. Especially severe are the effects of otitis media in infants and people with weakened immune systems. These patients are in any case should not be treated at home: perhaps it will be enough and popular OTC drugs, but the treatment must necessarily take place under the supervision of a physician.
Important information about treatment
If the treatment is still needed antibiotics, it is important to remember that within 24-48 hours there will be no change in symptoms. That is, during this time you still feel pain in your ears, and you will have a fever. This does not mean that the drugs do not work, just not enough time has passed that the symptoms began to subside.
It is also very important to take all medications prescribed by your doctor. If you do not complete the full course of treatment with antibiotics, the bacteria can acquire resistance to the drug. Even if you do better, it does not mean that the infection is completely defeated. Undertreated disease can flare up anew and successfully resist the action of drugs.