An ear infection occurs when a bacterial or viral infection affects the middle ear. Ear infection can be painful because of inflammation and fluid buildup in the middle ear.
Ear infections can be chronic or acute. Acute ear infections are painful but short in duration. Chronic ear infections either don't clear up or recur many times. Chronic ear infections can cause permanent damage to the middle and inner ear.
What causes an ear infection? - An ear infection occurs when one of your eustachian tubes becomes swollen or blocked, causing fluid to build up in the middle ear. - Causes of eustachian tube blockage include allergies, colds, sinus infections, excess mucus, smoking and infected or swollen adenoids.
What are the symptoms of ear infections? - Mild pain or discomfort inside the ear. - A feeling of pressure inside the ear that persists. - Fussiness in young infants. - Pus like ear drainage.
How are ear infections treated? - Apply a warm cloth to the affected ear. - Take over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. - Use over the counter or prescription ear drops to relieve pain.
How can ear infections be prevented. - Washing your hands often. - Avoiding overly crowded areas. - Forgoing pacifiers with infants and small children. - Avoiding second hand smoke. - Keeping immunization up to date.
Source: Mayo clinic
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More