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What is Ear Infection ?

Home Remedies for ear infectionEar infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses but they can also affect adults. An ear infection usually occurs in the middle part of the ear, behind the eardrum and is known as a middle ear infection (otitis media). Otitis media develops when the middle ear becomes inflamed or infected as a result of a cold, allergy or upper respiratory infection When the ear is infected, it can be extremely painful and cause much discomfort and irritability. Most infections do not require treatment and clear up on their own within a few days. However, recurring and persistent infections can cause serious complications to the ear such as short-term and long-term hearing loss as well as a ruptured eardrum.

Ear Infection Causes:

  1. Blockage of the Eustachian tube due to cold, allergy or some foreign particles in the ear. This causes fluid to build up in the middle ear. This fluid can cause swelling of the ear drum if infected by the virus.
  2. Moist and wet conditions are favorable for the growth of these bacteria or fungi. Frequent swimming or exposure to water increases the chances of infection.
  3. Skin allergies can also cause otitis externa.

Ear Infection Symptoms:

  1. Pain and itch in the infected ear
  2. Fever and falling sick
  3. Hearing problem in the infected ear
  4. Fluid discharge from the infected ear
  5. Itch in the infected ear
  6. Pain getting more severe by movement of the ear lobe or the jaw
  7. Inflammation in the ear.

Ear Infection Preventions:

  1. The best way to prevent ear infections is to prevent colds and flu.Colds and flu are spread primarily when an infected person coughs or sneezes near someone else.
  2. Everyone should always wash their hands before eating and after going outside. Ordinary soap is sufficient.
  3. Daily diets should include foods such as fresh, dark-colored fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants and other important food chemicals that help boost the immune system.
  4. Parents or others should not smoke around children. Several studies have found that children who live with smokers have a significant risk for ear infections.

Ear Infection Home Remedies:

  1. Garlic: Put few drops of garlic juice into the infected ear.
  2. Blower: Use blow dryer from about 12 to 15 inches from your head, this will remove any water trapped in the Eustachian tube.
  3. Mango: Slightly warm one teaspoon of juice of the mango leaf and put it into the infected ear drop by drop.
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide: You could also use some hydrogen peroxide for the ears, however care should be taken not to use it for children.
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