Take care of your ears: how to avoid otitis media

Octo­ber 08, 2017, 20:26

Inflam­ma­to­ry ear dis­ease oti­tis is one of the most com­mon caus­es of dete­ri­o­ra­tion, and some­times com­plete loss of hear­ing. Find out how to pro­tect your­self and loved ones from this dis­ease. Oti­tis is exter­nal (the skin of the auri­cle becomes inflamed), mid­dle (the mid­dle ear is affect­ed) and inter­nal (inflam­ma­tion pen­e­trates deep­er, beyond the tym­pan­ic cav­i­ty). Most often, both chil­dren and adults are over­tak­en by oti­tis media. How to pre­vent it?

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Treat a runny nose

Often, oti­tis media devel­ops against the back­ground of a com­mon cold caused by bac­te­ria or virus­es that migrate from the nose to the mid­dle ear. That is why it is impor­tant to treat ARVI in time, to pre­vent com­pli­ca­tions, espe­cial­ly if there is a ten­den­cy to ear dis­eases. Learn how to blow your nose prop­er­ly: gen­tly clear each nos­tril in turn with your mouth open. This will reduce the pres­sure in the nasal cav­i­ty and reduce the chance of infec­tion in the ear.

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Hygiene according to the rules

Remem­ber: do not clean the ear canals with cot­ton swabs or any oth­er devices. First­ly, the epi­der­mis can be dam­aged, and this can cause an infec­tion that can pro­voke the devel­op­ment of oti­tis media. Sec­ond­ly, there are high chances of injur­ing the eardrum. And third­ly, the sul­fur that col­lects in the ear is in itself a nat­ur­al clean­er of the ear canal. If every­thing is nor­mal, it comes out of the out­er ear on its own. In the case when sul­fur is released in excess, it can accu­mu­late, hard­en, result­ing in a sul­fur plug. In this case, it is rec­om­mend­ed to use spe­cial tools to clean the ears.

Protect your ears when swimming

Do you like to vis­it the pool? This plea­sure often caus­es oti­tis exter­na. The skin of the ear canal is irri­tat­ed by con­stant expo­sure to chlo­ri­nat­ed water, mak­ing it more sus­cep­ti­ble to germs. Use spe­cial ear drops or ear plugs when swim­ming.


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