Serous Otitis Media describes a collection of fluid in the middle ear and this condition may be acute or chronic. Serous Otitis Media is a result of any condition that interferes with the periodic opening and closing of the Eustachian tube. One of the most common sign of Serous Otitis Media includes hearing problems.
HOW IS SEROUS OTITIS MEDIA DIAGNOSED?
If your ENT suspects Serous Otitis Media in the child, he/ she would use an otoscope to check the same and also conduct a hearing test.
HOW IS SEROUS OTITIS MEDIA TREATED?
Treatment of Serous Otitis Media depends on the severity and how it has affected the child. In most cases Serous Otitis Media resolves by itself within 2-4 weeks, you only need to observe the child. If Serous Otitis Media is due to an infection, then antibiotics may be needed. If the fluid is affecting speech and hearing then surgical draining of the fluid may be needed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Allergy is often a major factor in the development or persistence of serous otitis media.