Otitis media is the Inflammation of the middle ear characterized by the accumulation of infected fluid in the middle ear, bulging of the eardrum, pain in the ear and, if eardrum is perforated, drainage of purulent material (pus) into the ear canal. It is a painful ear infection that occurs when the area behind the eardrum called the middle ear becomes inflamed and infected
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?
In fact, 75% of all children get ear infections. They happen most often between the ages of 6 to 11 months. By age 1, 60% of children will have had at least one ear infection and 17% will have 3 or more.