Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Glue Ear

 

Overview

Glue ear or is the inflammation of the middle ear caused by presence of fluid instead of air. This painful condition occurs between the ear drum and the inner ear within the Eustachian tube. In some cases a block in the Eustachian tube prevents the proper draining of the fluid. The condition is also called Otitis Media if the fluid becomes infected. Infection is caused by bacteria and causes intense earache which can be accompanied by high fever and pus formation in the ear canal.

 

Causes

Common causes are middle ear infections and improper functioning of the Eustachian tubes which  may be narrow or blocked. Children are more commonly affected by glue ear than adults as their immune system is still at a developing stage. In adults this condition may develop after a cough, cold or flu. Enlarged adenoids (lymph tissue at the back of the nose) may also cause glue ear. Individuals exposed to indoors smoking may be more prone to develop glue ear. In more rare cases, allergies or hay fever can also be accompanied by glue ear.

 

Symptoms

Common symptoms of glue ear are temporary hearing loss or dulled hearing and severe earache. Children can also develop problems with speech and social interaction causing a change in their usual behaviour.

 

Diagnosis

A doctor will perform a thorough check-up prompted by the symptoms and medical history of the patient. The doctor may suggest to undergo tests or procedures to make a definitive evaluation and diagnosis of the condition.  Referral to a specialist may be necessary if the symptoms are particularly severe.

 

Treatment

Various alternative and complementary therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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