This is an extremely painful ear infection that can be found in children. It also leads to inflammation. The main symptoms of this condition include incessant crying, irritation, sleep deprivation, a pulling sensation on the ears, headaches, pain in the neck area, a feeling of fluid fullness in the ear, and fluid drainage from the ear as well.
HOW IS OTITIS MEDIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by an ENT who would examine the ear and also do a culture test of the pus if needed. An otoscope is used for testing the same.
HOW IS OTITIS MEDIA TREATED?
The majority of Otitis Media infections resolve without antibiotic treatment. Home treatment and pain medications are usually recommended before antibiotics are tried to avoid the overuse of antibiotics and reduce the risk of adverse reactions from antibiotics. In certain cases the doctor may suggest Surgery eg adenoid removal and ear tube surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is a very common form of infection that affects both adults and children - and if severe it could also result in loss of hearing.