Otitis Media is basically an infection in the air-filled space behind the ear drum. This is a painful condition that presents symptoms such as excessive crying, irritation, sleeplessness, ear and head pain, fluid drainage from the ear, diarrhoea, vomiting, lack of balance and temporary hearing loss. The condition is more common in children aged 6 months to 3 years.
HOW IS OTITIS MEDIA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is usually done by a paediatrician or an ENT (ear nose throat) specialist, on the basis of the physical symptoms. Also, blood tests may be carried out in order to check for the existence of the bacteria that may have caused the infection. An otoscopy and tympanometry can also help in diagnosis.
HOW IS OTITIS MEDIA TREATED?
Considering this disease is caused because of bacteria, the most common treatment form here is also antibiotics. Such individuals have to be given high doses of antibiotics and also need to wear the Tympanostomy tube if there are recurrences of the infection.
DID YOU KNOW?
Babies between the age of 6 to 36 months are most prone to this condition.