Chronic Ear Infection Treatment in C-scheme, Jaipur
A mild ear infection, if it extends for a long time or keeps on recurring, can lead to chronic ear disease.
What is Chronic Ear Disease?
A chronic ear infection is caused by a virus or bacteria. In most cases, it affects the middle ear while causing discomfort and pain towards the eardrum. The Eustachian tube of children is more prone to an acute ear infection but it is less likely to turn severe.
What are the types of Chronic Ear Disease?
- Acute Otitis Media (AOM): This infection is caused by the flocking of fluid behind the eardrum. It leads to pain in the ear. Another more severe condition known as chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) can occur due to persistent AOM. CSOM can lead to repeated ear discharge accumulated due to perforation in the eardrum.
- Otitis Media with Effusion (OME): At times, some fluid remains in the eardrum after the ear infection is cured. The subsisting fluid in the middle ear causes OME, mostly in children. It is asymptomatic but it should be treated by a doctor.
- Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion (COME): When OME lasts for more than three months it can signify the onset of COME. In this condition, the fluid remains in the middle for longer periods or the discharge keeps on recurring.
Symptoms of Chronic Ear Disease
The symptoms of ear infections vary with the type of condition. You might experience persistent or recurrent symptoms. Chronic ear disease can be a result of an acute ear infection if not treated properly. The symptoms of acute ear disease are:
- fluid discharge in the ear
- vomiting and nausea
- difficulty in hearing
- fever (100.4F or higher)
These symptoms are relevant to OME and AOM. These conditions can persist for more than 3 months or continue to recur. Then more severe symptoms of chronic ear disease are experienced which include:
- difficulty in understanding speech and responding
- problem in speaking and reading
- lack of concentration
- degradation of motor skills
In some cases, a person with CSOM does not feel any ache or fever. Instead, it leads to major symptoms like:
- loss of hearing
- rupturing of eardrum causing a hole
- fluid leakage from the ear
Causes of Chronic Ear Disease
The most common cause of ear infections is the restriction in the Eustachian tube of the ear. It is advised to treat a mild infection with care to prevent severe or chronic ear disease.
Ear infections can occur due to the following reasons:
- bacterial infection in the fluid in the ear
- infection due to common cold or flu
When to See a Doctor at Apollo Spectra, Jaipur?
You should visit the specialists at Apollo Spectra, Jaipur if:
- You are experiencing difficulty in hearing, pain, or fluid discharge from the ear.
- You were diagnosed with a mild ear infection earlier but the symptoms are persistent or getting severe.
- The given treatment is not helping with the symptoms.
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What is the Treatment for Chronic Ear Disease?
Some acute ear diseases are cured over time with medication. For some others, you have to try other treatment options. Here are a few medical practices used by doctors at Apollo Spectra, Jaipur to treat chronic ear diseases.
Some common symptoms like pain in the ear and fever can be treated with medicines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, and aspirin (not for children).
This involves the cleaning of the inside of an ear by a doctor to get rid of discharge, debris, and ear wax. Keeping the canal clean can prevent the recurrence of the infection and increase the recovery speed.
Antifungal and Antibacterial treatments:
Antifungal ointments are provided if the infection is caused by a fungus. If required, antibiotics are also used for bacterial infections after considering potential risks and side effects.
Bilateral tympanostomy: This procedure is carried out by inserting ear tubes from the eardrum to the middle and outer ear. It helps in preventing the recurrence of infection after the fluid drains and protects against the development of severe symptoms.
Mastoidectomy:If the infection spreads at higher rates and reaches the back of the ear surgery is preferred. This process involves the cleaning of the mastoid bone.
Other types of surgeries are also used to repair various parts of the ear if damaged due to the infection.
Ears are sensitive organs that are prone to infections. Getting timely medical assistance from a specialist in Jaipur is important to prevent mild infections from getting worse and taking a toll on your regular life.
Mild symptoms of chronic ear disease can go unnoticed. If your condition doesn't improve even after three months, you should visit a doctor.
Usually, chronic ear disease lasts for three months. In some cases, it can get worse and take up to one year to heal.
You can prevent your ear infections from recurring by:
- Washing hands frequently
- Breaking off your smoking habits
- Breastfeeding infants to reduce any respiratory issues.