Remedies For Ear infections

The ear is divided into 3 parts – the outer, middle, and inner ear. Sound waves come into the outer (external) ear and hit the eardrum causing the eardrum to vibrate. Behind the eardrum, in the middle ear, are three tiny bones (ossicles) – the malleus, incus, and stapes. The vibrations pass from the eardrum to these middle ear bones. The bones then transmit the vibrations to the cochlea in the inner ear. The cochlea converts the vibrations to sound signals which are sent down the ear nerve to the brain which we ‘hear’.

This is because more than half of all cases of glue ear will resolve within three months and there is currently no medication that shortens the length of time the symptoms last.

To treat glue ear at home, wait a few weeks (and no more than three months) to see if the condition clears up on its own. If the condition persists, the patient should seek treatment from a physician.

Active prevention is the best approach. Minimising children’s exposure to cigarette smoking, overcrowded living situations, and other people with colds or ear infections reduces their susceptibility. Strengthen your child’s immune system with plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts in their diet. Steer them away from sugary drinks or sweets. Supplement Vitamin C or a kids’ multivitamin and mineral formula if they’re picky eaters.

In addition to time and medications, there are some alternative treatments that can be very effective in treating a glue ear condition.

Ear candling can help open the tubes to allow air to circulate in the middle ear by removing some fluids from the ear. Purchase an ear candling kit from a health food store. To candle ears, place the small end of the special “candle” onto the edge of the patient’s ear and light with a match. The candle will then work to pull fluids and excess wax from the ear.



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