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Ear Wax - How To Avoid It?

Ear Wax - How To Avoid It?

Hearing is an essential process in everyone's life. Be it your social life or professional activities, hearing influences every aspect of your life. You can thus, never ignore the health of your ears to enjoy a healthy life. But there are several hindrances to obstruct effective hearing. One of the problems is the accumulation of a natural substance called cerumen produced by the glands present in the ear canal. The accumulated cerumen is medically referred to as Earwax. Overproduction of cerumen is mainly triggered by the deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and magnesium.

The basic function of the wax is to protect the ear canal from invasion by foreign particles like bacteria and dust particles. This is necessary for the smooth functioning of the ear and its protection from invaders. However, it becomes an irritating problem when earwax is produced in excess. The problem aggravates when the ear canal is blocked due to the accumulation of earwax. In such cases, we use certain objects such as bobby pins, Q-tips or cotton swabs to clean the accumulated earwax from the ear canal. What we do not realise is that pricking the wax using these objects can sometimes cause significant damage to the ear. These objects push the wax deep inside the canal, leading to blockage.

The most common symptoms of excessive earwax are as follows:

  1. Earache
  2. Developing a fullness feeling in the ears
  3. Loss of hearing on a temporary basis
  4. Noises inside the ear
  5. Itching

Here are the preventive measures to remove ear wax blockage:

  1. In order to prevent blockage of ear wax, try keeping it moist by frequently running water into your ear while taking a bath. This will prevent the ear wax from getting dried up so that it doesn’t get blocked in the ear canal. Make sure, you drain the water from the ear after running it for some time.
  2. Don’t use any pointed objects inside the ears as it can cause ear infection while pushing the wax deeper.
  3. Avoid inserting cotton swabs or earbuds into the ear canal. You can use them to remove exposed ear wax at the ear opening, but don’t push them deep inside the ear canal. It can push the excess ear wax inside the ear canal, thereby resulting into an impact.
  4. Don’t use candle ear wax remover. Ear candles are another method to remove ear wax, but it can be really dangerous as you need to hold the lighted candle very close to your ear. It can even burn your ear.
  5. Don’t use cold water or a strong jet to drain out the excess ear wax. Strong jet can lead to the damage of the eardrum while cold water may result into dizziness.
  6. Avoid using any other method to remove ear wax at home, such as suction.
  7. Don’t use any type of acidic liquid in order to soften the ear wax.
  8. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for mitigating the problem of ear wax. So, include walnuts, avocados, salmon, albacore and ground flax seed in your diet.
  9. Consult a doctor if the problem persists even after using home remedies.

How Can You Manage Ear Infections In Children?

How Can You Manage Ear Infections In Children?

Ear aches are a common complaint for many children. An ear infection can be explained as an inflammation of the middle ear. Unlike other aches, this one cannot be soothed by scratching or applying pressure and hence makes children cranky. Ear infections are usually triggered by bacteria or viruses. This causes inflammation that narrows the tube in the ear and allows fluid to build up. This fluid buildup is responsible for the pain

However, not all ear infections need to be treated with medication. When it comes to treating ear aches in children, picking a natural remedy is a much better option ,since it has no side effects and can address the root cause of the infection. Here are a few natural remedies for earaches:

  1. Compress: Hot and cold compresses are very effective ways of treating pain and can be used for earaches as well. Place an ice pack or a warm, moist compress over the ear to soothe the ache. Heat relaxes the muscles and stimulates blood flow while ice controls inflammation and swelling. Hot and cold compresses should not be applied for over 20 minutes at a time. 
  2. Water: Some actions can help open up the eustachian tube to the middle ear. Swallowing is one such action. To encourage your child to swallow, offer him lots of fluids. 
  3. Elevate the head: Elevating a child's head can help improve sinus drainage. When it comes to children, instead of using a pillow below their head, place the pillow below the mattress to create a gradual slope. 
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कान बहने का उपचार - Kan Bahne Ka Upchar!

कान बहने का उपचार - Kan Bahne Ka Upchar!

कान का बहना अक्सर कई लोगों को परेशान करता है. इसका मतलब होता है कान से एक प्रकार के तरल पदार्थ का रिसाव होना. इसे चिकित्सीय भाषा में ओटोरिया कहा जाता है. अधिकांश मामलों में इसकी वजह आपके कान में मौजूद वैक्स होती है. आपको बता दें कि वैक्स का काम यह सुनिश्चित करना है कि धूल, बैक्टीरिया या अन्य पदार्थ आपके कान में न जा पाएं. हालांकि, कुछ अन्य स्थितियों, जैसे कि कान के परदे के फटने से आपके कान से रक्त या अन्य तरल पदार्थों का रिसाव भी हो सकता है. इससे यह पता लगता है की आपके कान में इंजरी है या इन्फेक्शन है और आपको शीघ्र ही मेडिकल हेल्प लेने की जरुरत पड़ सकती है. कान से लीकेज सामान्य, खूनी और सफेद हो सकता है, जैसे मवाद. रिसाव के कारणों पर निर्भर करते हुए, लोगों को कान में दर्द, बुखार, खुजली, वर्टिगो, कान बजना और सुनाई देना बंद होना हो सकता है. आइए इस लेख के माध्यम से हम कान के बहने से संबंधित विभिन्न पहलुओं पर एक नजर डालें.

कान बहने का उपचार-

कान के बहने का उपचार कारण पर निर्भर होता है. जिन लोगों के कान के परदे में बड़े छेद होते हैं, उन्हें कान से पानी को दूर रखने की सलाह दी जाती है. पानी को कान से बाहर रखने के लिए, रुई पर पेट्रोलियम जेली लगाएं और कान में रख लें. डॉक्टर भी आपके लिए सिलिकॉन के डाट बना सकते हैं और कान में लगा सकते हैं. ऐसे डाट को सही आकार और आकृति का बनाया जाता है ताकि वह कान में फंसे नहीं और आसानी से हटाया न जा सके.

कान बहने का घरेलू उपचार-
* माजूफल को कूटकर सिरके में उबाल कर फ़िल्टर कर लें, इसे कान में डालने से कान बहना बंद हो जाता है.
* तिल का तेल 1 भाग और हुलहुल का रस 4 भाग मिलाकर आग पर तब तक पकाएं, जब तक कि तेल आधा ना रह जाए. फिर इसे छानकर कान में डाल लें. इस उपाय से कान का बहना बंद हो जाता है.
* किसी बर्तन में 60 ग्राम सरसों का तेल गर्म करें, इसमें 4 ग्राम वैक्स डाल दें. जब वैक्स पिघल जाय, तब आग से उतार लें, फिर इसमें 8 ग्राम पिसी हुई फिटकरी डाल दें. अगर किसी भी अन्य दवा से कान का बहना बंद न हुआ तो इस उपाय को आजमाएं.
* 1 ग्राम हरताल बर्कीय को पिसकर 50 ग्राम सरसों के तेल में इतना पकाएं कि धुआँ निकलने लगे, फिर इसे छानकर कान में डालने से कान का बहना 2-3 दिन में रुक जाएगा.
* मेथीदाना को दूध में भिगाकर पीस लें, इसके बाद इसे हल्का गरम करके कान में डालने से कान का बहना रुक जाता है.
* सूरजमुखी के पत्तों का रस तेल में मिलाकर कान में डालने से कान का बहना रुक जाता है.
* नीम के तेल में रुई भिगोकर कान में रखने से कान का बहना बंद हो सकता है.
* चुने के पानी में उतना ही दूध मिलाकर पिचकारी देने से कान का बहना रुक जाता है.

कान बहने के प्रकार-
1. पस या धुंधला द्रव: -
यह सबसे सामान्य कान से रिसाव के प्रकार में से एक है. इसका मुख्य कारण कान का संक्रमण होता है. 10% बैक्टीरियल कान के संक्रमण में कान का पर्दा फट जाता है.
2. कान की ट्यूब से द्रव का रिसाव: - कान के संक्रमण से अक्सर ग्रस्त रहने वाले बच्चों को कान में वेंटिलेशन ट्यूब डाली जा सकती है. ये ट्यूब मध्य कान को तरल पदार्थ निकालकर शुष्क रहने में मदद करता है. कभी-कभी, यह ट्यूब बंद हो जाती है. सामान्य तरल पदार्थ मध्य कान में बनते रहते हैं, जब तक कान की ट्यूब फिर से खुल नहीं जाती. इससे एक दिन के लिए कान से कुछ स्पष्ट द्रव का रिसाव हो सकता है.
3. वैक्स: - वैक्स हल्के भूरे, गहरे भूरे या नारंगी भूरे रंग का होता है. यदि यह गीला हो जाता है, तो यह एक रिसाव की तरह दिखता है.
4. ब्लड: - यह लीकेज कान की इंजरी के बाद होता है. आमतौर पर, यह कान की लाइनिंग पर एक छोटी सी स्क्रैच होती है.
5. पानी: - कभी-कभी नहाने का पानी भी कान में जा सकते हैं. कभी-कभी होने वाला पानी का लीकेज इन कारणों से होता है.
6. स्विमर्स ईयर्स लीकेज: - स्विमर्स ईयर्स के शुरूआती लक्षण में कान में खुजली होती है. बाद के लक्षणों में सफेद और पानी वाला लीकेज होता है. यह मुख्य रूप से तैराकों को और गर्मी के मौसम में होता है.
7. कान में किसी वस्तु का जाना: - छोटे बच्चे अपने कान में छोटी वस्तुएं डाल सकते हैं. इससे छोटे इन्फेक्शन हो सकते हैं और पस के रंग का लीकेज हो सकता है. यदि वस्तु नुकीली थी, तो रिसाव में खून भी आ सकता है.

कैसे बचें कान के बहने से-
कान में इन्फेक्शन से बचाव के लिए, बीमार लोगों से दूर रहने की कोशिश करें. ब्रैस्टफीडिंग से बच्चों को कान के इन्फेक्शन से सुरक्षा मिलती है, क्योंकि उन्हें दूध में अपनी मां की एंटीबॉडी प्राप्त होती हैं. बाहरी वस्तुओं को अपने कानों से दूर रखें, ताकि आपका कान का पर्दा न फटे. यदि आप जानते हैं कि आप अत्यधिक शोर-शराबे वाले जगह में जाने वाले हैं, तो कान को कवर करने के लिए कुछ इस्तेमाल करें. "स्विमर् ईयर" से बचने के लिए, पानी से बाहर आने के बाद अपने कानों को अच्छे से सुखा लें. इसके अलावा, अपने सिर को एक तरफ झुकाकर पानी को निकालने की कोशिश करें. तैराकी करने के बाद, स्विमर्स ईयर्स को बढ़ने से रोकने के लिए आप केमिस्ट से मिलने वाली दवाओं का उपयोग भी कर सकते हैं.

Ear Troubles - How Does Homeopathy Help?

Ear Troubles - How Does Homeopathy Help?

Earaches can make life miserable. At times, the pain gets so intense that it throws life in jeopardy. This is where homeopathic medicines come as a huge relief. Earaches of different origins can be effectively treated with homeopathic medicines.

*  Chamomilla:  Chamomilla is the best homeopathic relief for people suffering from excruciating earache. The pain usually aggravates at night. The maddening pain leaves the person mentally very agitated. The medicine is equally helpful for children who get agitated and irritated due to the unbearable pain.

*  Pulsatilla:  At times, the earache is accompanied by a thick (mostly greenish) discharge from the ear. As a result, the ear feels quite heavy. A person might also experience difficulty in hearing. The darting pain is at its worst self at night. Such earaches and associated symptoms are best treated with the homeopathic medicine, Pulsatilla.

Sometimes, even a little exposure to cold air can result in earaches. Worse still, there is pus like discharge from the ear and fever. The ear is very sensitive to touch. Hepar Sulph is an ideal homeopathic remedy under such circumstances. Psorinum is mainly used when the pus like discharge has a very unpleasant odour.

At times, dental problems and throat infections can result in severe earache. Homeopathy has a solution for all. Plantago is an excellent homeopathic medicine to treat earaches resulting from toothache. Merc Sol is effective against earaches originating from dental problems. In such cases, there may be blood or yellow discharge from the ear. The pain gets unbearable at night. 

Lachesis and Phytollaca are known to provide great relief from earaches resulting from throat infections. Lachesis is helpful when the throat pain slowly shoots up to the left ear. Swallowing of food makes the situation worse. Phytollaca, on the other hand, is the best medicine when the shooting ear pain is right sided. Belladonna helps to deal with severe and throbbing ear pain.

*  Infection of the Otitis Media (middle ear) is a common factor, resulting in earaches. There may be fever and pus like discharge. The hearing is also greatly impaired. At night, the pain reaches the superlative degree. Go for Hepar Sulph if the pain intensifies upon slightest exposure to cold air. Use Belladona in case the ear infection is at a very nascent stage. Pulsatilla is equally effective to treat such earaches.

*  Many a times, the ear pain can be of nerve origin. It is more of a facial pain, with the ear being affected. Verbascum Thapsus (Mullen Oil) can be of great help and can also be effectively used as an ear drop to provide some relief.
 

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Ear Infections In Monsoon - Know Its Treatment!

Ear Infections In Monsoon - Know Its Treatment!

Ear infections are a common ailment that people suffer from during the monsoon season. These can infect any part of the ear including the external ear, middle ear and inner ear.

Symptoms of ear infections:

  1. Whether it is the outer, middle or inner ear, some of the common symptoms affecting users are:

  2. You may feel acute pain in the infected ear.

  3. There may be some discharge from the ears.

  4. Some people also suffer from decreased hearing Acute infection can also cause dizziness.

  5. Along with the ear pain some people may suffer from severe headaches.

  6. In case of children, they may cry and refuse to feed as well as constantly tug their ears.

  7. Fever can also be a sign of ear infection.

It is important to keep things in mind for preventing ear infections:

  1. Keep your ears clean: It is important not to put anything in the ears to clean them- this may cause injuries and infections It is important to clean your outer ears with a clean cloth to avoid a fungal infection while using a hairspray, swimming or if you are out in the rain.

  2. Clean earphones once a week to avoid infections of ear canal

  3. Avoid putting cotton in your ears: Avoid putting cotton swabs in your ears as it can lead to trapping of bacteria within.

  4. Don't ignore a warning sign: If you suffer from any of the symptoms of ear infection it is wise to get tested by an ENT specialist.

Treatment-

An ear infection may need treatments and procedures or in some cases even surgery. The common treatments for ear infections include:

  1. Cleaning of the Wax: If there is a wax buildup in your ears, which leads to an infection, a professional cleaning may be required by a doctor under a head light with specialized micro instruments.
  2. Ear Drops: Using ear drops can also dissolve the ear wax and clean out the ear infection.

It usually takes a week to clear out an ear infection, but if still doesn't get better it is advisable to consult a medical practitioner. Sometimes ear infections may also require surgeries like Myringotomy, Tympanoplasty or Mastoidectomy, which can be an OPD procedure or might need a day's stay in the hospital.

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Nasal Obstruction And Clogged Ear - Know The Connect!

Nasal Obstruction And Clogged Ear - Know The Connect!

It is very common for patients with nasal obstruction to develop clogged ear as well. The back of the nose opens into a tunnel also known as the Eustachian tube. This tube goes up to the ear. In case the ears get clogged the pressure is released by popping of the ears. This is achieved by swallowing, yawning, and trying to blow the nose. When ear pops the tunnel opens and allows the pressure to release from the ear.

Reasons why nasal obstruction causes clogged ears:
1. Mucosal Swelling:
When the nose is obstructed, the nasal lining might swell thus making it difficult to breathe. This might also lead to swelling in the tunnel of the ear causing it to shut down. Sometimes an ear pop does not happen in this condition and this is called as Eustachian tube dysfunction.

2. Negative Pressure inside the Nose: In nose obstruction when the patient tries to breathe through the nose there is negative pressure. This might build up near the opening of the Eustachian tube or the back of the nose. This pressure gets transmitted to the ear and results in a negative pressure in the ear which leads to the clogging of the ear. 

3. Bernoulli's Principle: This principle states that in the case of an inviscid flow, an increase in speed of the fluid happens side by side with a pressure decrease. 


Causes of nasal obstruction:
Obstruction or congestion of the nose leads to a stuffy and inflamed nose. In minor illnesses like fever, cold, sinus infection and flu stuffy nose can happen. This congestion might last for a week. In case the congestion is long term then the causes for it are:

  • Allergies and hay fever
  • Chemical and environmental irritants
  • Septum deviation
  • Chronic sinusitis that has lasted for too long
  • Nasal polyps and benign tumors

Symptoms of nasal decongestion are the runny or stuffy nose, painful sinus, and swollen nasal tissues along with mucus buildup.

Treatment for nasal decongestion:
Once the nasal congestion has been found and the cause behind it has been analyzed, then treatment is a must. Treatment usually includes prescription medication or over the counter drugs. Medication of the nasal decongestion involves the following:

  • Oral antihistamines: These are helpful in treating allergies. Common ones are loratadine (Claritin) and cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays which contain antihistamine like azelastine (Astelin, Astepro)
  • Nasal steroids: Examples of this are mometasone (Asmanex Twisthaler) or fluticasone (Flovent Diskus, Flovent HFA)
  • Antibiotics
  • Over the counter or prescription decongestants
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Swimmer's Ear - What Should You Know?

Swimmer's Ear - What Should You Know?
Keeping the ear dry is essential to prevent the Swimmer's Ear. True or False. Take this quiz to know now!
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Swimmer's Ear - Knowing The Causes Of It!

Swimmer's Ear - Knowing The Causes Of It!

Swimmer's ear is a medical condition, which involves inflammation, irritation or infection of the ear. It may affect the outer ear and also the ear canal. Swimmer's ear is called Otitis externa in medical terms. The condition may be acute to chronic in nature.

Causes: Swimmer's ear is an infection that's usually caused by bacteria commonly found in water and soil. Infections caused by a fungus or a virus are less common. This condition is more common in teenagers and young adults. It may occur due to a middle ear infection or because of a respiratory infection such as cold.
Swimmer's ear can occur as a result of swimming in unclean or contaminated water. These waters contain pseudomonas and other harmful bacteria, which can lead to such ear infections. The infections are rarely caused by fungus.

Swimmer's ear may also result due to other reasons. They can be:

  1. Scratching the inside or outside of the ear.
  2. Having something stuck in the ear. When you clean ear wax with cotton swabs or small objects, damage may occur. Using headphone or ear plugs for a long period of time may also cause swimmer's ear.
  3. Allergic reaction to some object or anything placed in the ear may also cause Swimmer's ear. These may be hair products or jewelry.
  4. Some chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis may also lead to this infection.

Risk factors:
There are several factors, which may enhance the risk of getting swimmer's ear. They are as follows:

  1. Swimming in water, which has got elevated levels of bacteria. This includes lakes and ponds.
  2. People having narrow ear canals are at a more risk of swimmer's ear.
  3. Aggressive cleaning and scratching of the ear canal.

Symptoms:
The symptoms which indicate swimmer's ear are:

  1. Itching of the ear canal. This becomes intense as the condition progresses.
  2. Redness on the inside parts of the ear, which get more extensive in later stages.
  3. Discomfort which worsens by pulling on the outer ear or pushing on the tragus of the front part of the ear.
  4. Drainage of a fluid which is clear and odorless. As the condition worsens, there is excessive drainage of fluid along with the discharge of pus.
  5. A fullness feeling in the ear and a partial blockage of the ear canal because of swelling and fluids.
  6. In advanced stages, fever and swelling of lymph nodes in the neck is indicated. Hearing impairment may occur.

Swimmer's ear is a health condition, which involves the ear. The ear gets inflamed because of a certain bacterial infection. Although it is not a very severe condition, in some cases it can do significant harm.

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Earaches - How Homeopathy Can Help?

Earaches - How Homeopathy Can Help?

Earaches can make life miserable. At times, the pain gets so intense that it throws life in jeopardy. This is where homeopathic medicines come as a huge relief. Earaches of different origins can be effectively treated with homeopathic medicines.

*  Chamomilla:  Chamomilla is the best homeopathic relief for people suffering from excruciating earache. The pain usually aggravates at night. The maddening pain leaves the person mentally very agitated. The medicine is equally helpful for children who get agitated and irritated due to the unbearable pain.

*  Pulsatilla:  At times, the earache is accompanied by a thick (mostly greenish) discharge from the ear. As a result, the ear feels quite heavy. A person might also experience difficulty in hearing. The darting pain is at its worst self at night. Such earaches and associated symptoms are best treated with the homeopathic medicine, Pulsatilla.

*  Hepar sulph:  It is an excellent remedy for earaches triggered due to otitis, cold or any other upper respiratory infections. It quickle releives the earpain of children.

*  Sometimes, even a little exposure to cold air can result in earaches. Worse still, there is pus like discharge from the ear and fever. The ear is very sensitive to touch. Hepar Sulph is an ideal homeopathic remedy under such circumstances. Psorinum is mainly used when the pus like discharge has a very unpleasant odour.

*  At times, dental problems and throat infections can result in severe earache. Homeopathy has a solution for all. Plantago is an excellent homeopathic medicine to treat earaches resulting from toothache. Merc Sol is effective against earaches originating from dental problems. In such cases, there may be blood or yellow discharge from the ear. The pain gets unbearable at night. 

Lachesis and Phytollaca are known to provide great relief from earaches resulting from throat infections. Lachesis is helpful when the throat pain slowly shoots up to the left ear. Swallowing of food makes the situation worse. Phytollaca, on the other hand, is the best medicine when the shooting ear pain is right sided. Belladonna helps to deal with severe and throbbing ear pain.

*  Infection of the Otitis Media (middle ear) is a common factor, resulting in earaches. There may be fever and pus like discharge. The hearing is also greatly impaired. At night, the pain reaches the superlative degree. Go for Hepar Sulph if the pain intensifies upon slightest exposure to cold air. Use Belladona in case the ear infection is at a very nascent stage. Pulsatilla is equally effective to treat such earaches.

*  Many a times, the ear pain can be of nerve origin. It is more of a facial pain, with the ear being affected. Verbascum Thapsus (Mullen Oil) can be of great help and can also be effectively used as an ear drop to provide some relief.

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Middle Ear Infections - All You Need To Know!

Middle Ear Infections - All You Need To Know!

The human ear is divided into three parts, namely the outer, middle and inner ear. All these parts function in coherence with each other and help us in converting vibrations into sound and information. The middle ear consists of the air space between the inner ear and the outer ear and contains the bones that transmit the vibrations of the outer ear and translate them into information.

This area is prone to infections, especially among children and thus may cause discomfort or pain.

Symptoms of middle ear infections

iddle ear infections primarily tend to manifest themselves as inflammation of the tissues and buildup of fluids. Some of the symptoms are mentioned below.

Infections in children - Middle ear infections primarily occur in children although it can occur in adults as well. Some of the common symptoms could be:

a. Ear pain either sitting or standing up and especially while lying down
b. Irritability and crying, which is infants could translate to more than usual crying 
c. Problems with sound and difficulties in hearing
d. Fluid buildup causing balance related problems
e. Discharge of fluid in certain cases
f.  Unable to sleep and also loss of appetite
g. Some cases children may have high fever

Causes of middle ear infections 

The primary cause of middle ear infection is due to the presence of bacteria or virus in the area. The Eustachian tube, which runs from the middle ear to the back of the throat, is connected to nasal passages as well. Any infection that affects the throat or the nose may also affect the middle ear through this tube. Primary causes for the infections could be

a. Cold or flu like symptoms which then infect the middle ear as well
b. Otitis media, which is the buildup of fluid and inflammation either due to the presence of bacteria and viruses or even without it. 
c. Seasonal infections which are common during late autumn or winters
d. Air pollution is also known to be a factor
e. Infection from others, especially in the case of children when they are part of a group care
f.  Children from 6 months to 2 years are also susceptible to middle ear infections as their immune systems are much less developed.

Treatment of middle ear infections

Usually, middle ear infections resolve on their own within a day or so. You can try warm compress with a soft piece of cloth to ease the pain. However, if pain persists for too long then antibiotic medications may be required to fight the infection with pain relief medications to lessen the pain and discomfort.

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