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Dr. Shakthesh Kathir

MS - ENT

ENT Specialist, Chennai

11 Years Experience  ·  220 at clinic
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Dr. Shakthesh Kathir is an experienced ENT Specialist in Kasthuri Hospital, Chennai. He has had many happy patients in his 11 years of journey as a ENT Specialist. He has completed MS - ENT . You can visit him at The Hopkins Clinic in Kasthuri Hospital, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Shakthesh Kathir and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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Outer Ear Infections - Tips To Deal With Them!

MS - ENT, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
Outer Ear Infections - Tips To Deal With Them!

Outer ear infections can be caused by bacteria, virus, or yeast. Also known as swimmer’s ear, as it is very common in swimmers who keep their ears immersed in water for prolonged periods of time. It can also occur when the skin in the outer ear gets infected due to regular use of cotton buds to remove wax. Though it is very common in children, it can be seen in adults too.

The first step in managing an outer ear infection is to identify it.

  • A dull, nagging pain in the outer ear is one of the first symptoms of an outer ear infection. Worsening of the pain when the ear is pressed is confirmatory of the infection. In some people, the pain could even spread to the rest of face, along with the cheeks or down the neck.
  • Foul-smelling, yellow or green drainage is an indication of outer ear infection. The person could feel that the ear is constantly moist.
  • This can be along the ear canal or in the outer ear skin.
  • Mild hearing loss, which if untreated, can be progressive.
  • Redness of the skin around the ear(s).
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes at the base of the jaw.
  • General symptoms of an infection including fever, lethargy, reduced energy levels, and overall tiredness.

Management:

Do not treat ear infections on your own. The actual agent causing the infection needs to be identified and treated accordingly. A bacterial infection may require a course of antibiotics, a viral one should be watched and allowed to run its course.

 

  1. Visit a doctor: They will check and confirm the infection.
  2. Ear cleaning: Cleaning the ear with either a suction or a curette. In some cases, there could be hardened wax which needs to be removed to get relief from the infection.
  3. Antibiotic drops: Either neomycin or ciprofloxacin is used in most cases.
  4. Acetic acid drops: This helps in keeping the bacterial population intact in your ears.
  5. Antibiotics: In severe cases, oral antibiotics may be required. Painkillers like ibuprofen may be also taken if the pain is unbearable.
  6. Saltwater: A home-made solution of vinegar and water or diluted saltwater provides great relief from ear infection symptoms.
  7. Heat pads: A warm, wet cloth applied on the cheek near the ear can provide great relief. It is advisable to sit when the heat pad is being applied to avoid burns.
  8. Preventative ear drops: When going for swimming long duration, OTC ear drops can be applied to provide relief.
  9. Avoid swimming: When the infection has set in and you begin to notice symptoms, avoid swimming for a few days.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Easing The Pain Of Ear Infections!

MBBS, MS - ENT ( Gold Medalist Honors )
ENT Specialist, Gurgaon
Easing The Pain Of Ear Infections!

Physical pain can often be overwhelming especially for children. Ear ache can cause terrible discomfort to children and can give sleepless nights to both children and parents. It is important for new mom and dads to know the basic causes and remedies of an ear ache. That way the little kids can get relief faster. We will help you know more about ear pain in children. Infants and toddlers suffer more, as they can’t express their discomfort. It is crucial to watch out for symptoms like high fever, pulling or tugging ear, white or yellowish discharge coming out of the ear, restlessness, loss of sleep and appetite.

Causes:

  1. The most common cause for ear pain is Acute Otitis Media (AOM) or middle ear infection. Small children are especially vulnerable to this infection. The infection causes fever and pain in children. Infection occurs when the fluid produced, can’t be drained by the Eustachian tube. It happens mostly after a bout of cold in kids. Because of it, the Eustachian tube gets swollen making it difficult for the fluid to flow out.
  2. Tonsillitis or an infection of the tonsils can also lead to an ear ache.
  3. Too much ear wax can also cause pain in the ear.

Soothing Remedies:

  1. In the case of a mild case of infection, certain home remedies can give immediate relief. So before running to the emergency, try a few of these.
  2. A hot or cold compress can give some relief. Get a heating pad or ice bag/ pack for this treatment. Children and even adults benefit from this remedy. However, it is not advisable to use heating pads on babies.
  3. If the child is old enough to sleep with a pillow keep his/her head elevated.
  4. If the pain is too much to bear, over the counter analgesics like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be given provided the stipulated dose for children and infants are maintained.
  5. If the pain is light, simple distraction method works great among children. They can be engaged with either a storybook, a new toy or some game. Letting them munch on their favourite snack can also help.
  6. Some home remedies recommend putting a few drops of olive oil inside the ear. Though this method does not have any scientific base, it might give relief, however, it is necessary to check with your child’s doctor before applying this.
  7. The most common way to treat this infection is, however, by giving them antibiotics. If the pain persists, visit your child’s doctor, let them examine his/her ears and then if he feels he will prescribe antibiotics.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure:
Says all seasoned parents. Hence know when to be careful to avoid further ear infections. Some point to ponder.

  1. Since ear infections typically start with a common cold, get your child a flu vaccine every year. This will prevent him from catching cold often.
  2. If your child is going to the daycare or school, make sure they do not encourage the sick child to come to school.
  3. Do not let your infant lie down with a bottle before sleeping.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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My daughter age of 6 years 8 months, taking breath with mouth while sleeping time and snoring heavily most of the time. Could you please suggest me what we have to do?

MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Gandhinagar
Endoscopy of nose, CT scan PNS , etc will help to come to diagnosis. Avoiding allergens, will help you. You may require Antihistaminics and nasal decongestants.You may require surgery….

I am m 24 year unmarried 2 days back I got a 2mm wide abcess yellow colour near d clitoris it is tender and painful. No urinary symptoms then pus came out if it now like an ulcer. No fever or any other problem please help

Critical Care Training, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
If it is painful, please go and visit some good gynecologist although 2 mm isn' t a big size but still get itself examined once.
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I am 25 years old I have earache and some fluids coming from ear please recommend me some ear drops.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
I am 25 years old I have earache and some fluids coming from ear please recommend me some ear drops.
You hve middle ear infection and need ENT checkup and medication. Unless your ear is examined a drop cannot be prescribed offhand.

I need to clear my throat always. Very often I need to clear t saliva in the throat. Otherwise I feel like coughing. I am aged 30 years. I had a c section delivery in September 2016. What can be the reason and how can it be controlled or cured?

MD - Pulmonary, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
I need to clear my throat always. Very often I need to clear t saliva in the throat. Otherwise I feel like coughing. ...
Rule out reflux and sinusitis and rhinitis Avoid cold spicy and fried food Avoid dust smoke pollution and allergens
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I had a tinnitus for the last four months, happened in the left ear which is coming buzzing sound due to loud sound near the marriage Reception. Kindly tell me what is the remedy and prescription.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
You may take homoeopathic medicine China Sulph 30 tds for one week... see if it helps... Or consult for proper treatment...
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