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Ear Infections: Treatments and Cures

Ear infections are coming, this week Sani Dental Group will offer you the symptoms and treatments options to prevent ear problems. Our dental clinic knows that it is in the winter season when this problems becomes more common; but by taking the necessary steps you can prevent this problem and enjoy the holiday season with a smile and not with a ruptured eardrum.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are caused by bacteria and viruses. When one’s ear becomes infected swelling occurs and can block the eustachian tubes; the
eustachian tubes are connective tissue that connect the middle ears to the back of the throat. The eustachian tubes help our ears drain fluid and keep air pressure in the ears at the correct levels.

When our ears are blocked the fluid produce by our body will become a perfect breeding ground for bacteria; this is why it is very important to know the symptoms and prevent the effects caused by bacteria and viruses.

  • Bacterial Infections – Bacteria are the most common cause of ear infections, example of these are: Haemophilus Influenzae, Moraxella Catarrhalis and Streptococcus Pneumoniae (also called pneumococcus).
  • Viral Infections – Some viruses will cause ear infections, the most common cause are: respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu (influenza) virus.

Otitis media with effusion can also occur when inflammation and fluid buildup and can cause a feeling of stuffiness in the ears.

Diagnosing Ear Infections

When visiting your doctor, the doctor will use a pneumatic otoscope, this instrument is used to look at the eardrum.
Other tests may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Hearing tests
  • Tympanocentesis
  • Tympanometry

Symptoms with Ear Infections

The symptoms associated with ear infections often occur within the first week the patient starts with a cold or other respiratory infection.
The most common symptoms ear infections include:

  • Ear pain
  • Fever
  • Grumpy Behavior
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Thick and yellow or bloody - drainage from the ear
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Vomiting

Symptoms associated with fluid buildup:

  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing Troubles
  • Popping, ringing or a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear.

Parents need to be extra aware of their children, as some children don't have any symptoms.

Remedies and Treatment

Home Remedies

When one has an ear infection good rest and care are the best way to recover. Other home remedies and tips you can try include:

  • Rest – Resting will help the body fight infections.
  • Use a warm washcloth – Applying heat to the ear, will help you with the pain.
  • Use Eardrops – your Doctors will prescribe eardrops for earache pain.
  • Use pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines.

Surgical Treatment

Surgeries associated with ear infection include: Ear Tube Placement. Ear Tube Placement means placing a drainage tube into the eardrum of one or both ears. This surgery will help the patient improve hearing, reduce hearing problems, prevent pressure build-up and prevent future ear infections.

To perform the surgery the doctor will make a small incision in the eardrum and inserts a small plastic tube in the opening.

After Surgery Care

After the ear surgery is performed, your doctor might tell you to avoid water activities; but once the hole in the eardrum has healed, you can return to your everyday activities and regular activities.
In addition you use antibiotic eardrops for ear infections while tubes are in place, in many cases antibiotic eardrops seem to work better than antibiotics by mouth when tubes are present.

How Sani Dental Group will Assist

Sani Dental Group is a dental clinic in Los Algodones that has dedicated more than 25 year to taking care of your teeth and smile. When know ear infection can lead to jaw molestations, we invite you to prevent both oral problems and ear problems. Follow the tips we offer in the post and learn of all the benefit our dental clinic has to offer you.

Avoid ear fluid build-up and prevent all the diseases associated with ear infections and if the problems persist visit your local doctor and remember that in 2015; Sani Dental Group will open new facilities (Sani Co). Our new facilities will include a new clinic, with cutting edge technologies that will help you recuperate faster from many diseases.