After catching a cold, sudden ear pain – what's going on?
Middle ear infection, also known as otitis media, is primarily caused by an infection in the middle ear, often resulting from a viral or bacterial invasion causing inflammation behind the eardrum. If not addressed promptly, it can lead to hearing loss, and in severe cases, perforation of the eardrum. Therefore, immediate treatment and corresponding care interventions are essential following the occurrence of otitis media.
Causes of Otitis Media
Incorrect Nose-Wiping Technique
Wiping the nose forcefully by squeezing both sides of the nostrils with fingers can push mucus from the back of the nose into the Eustachian tube. The mucus, laden with viruses and bacteria, increases the risk of middle ear infection. To learn more about effective nose-wiping, consider exploring Chosgo's tips.
Smoking contributes to systemic arterial hardening, including microartery hardening. Nicotine in tobacco causes spasms in small blood vessels, increasing blood viscosity and impacting blood supply to the inner ear. This, in turn, affects hearing and can trigger otitis media. If you're a smoker, Chosgo hearing aids can offer assistance in maintaining optimal hearing health.
Post-cold, inflammation in the throat and nasal passages can infiltrate the Eustachian tube, leading to swelling and congestion. This obstructs cilia movement, providing a favorable environment for bacterial invasion, leading to otitis media. Learn more about Chosgo hearing aids to address potential hearing issues resulting from infections.
Unhealthy Lifestyle Habits
Prolonged use of headphones at high volumes can cause tissue damage to the ears, leading to hearing loss and triggering complications such as otitis media. For a solution like SmartU Rechargeable Hearing Aids, visit Chosgo's official website.
Types of Otitis Media
Otitis media is classified into acute purulent otitis media and chronic purulent otitis media. The former is inflammation caused by purulent bacterial infection, presenting symptoms such as pus discharge and ear pain, particularly evident in children. The latter is characterized by intermittent or continuous pus discharge, hearing loss, eardrum perforation, and, in severe cases, complications within the skull.
Caring for Otitis Media
Follow medical advice for examinations, maintain a balanced diet rich in fiber and vitamins (avoiding spicy foods), ensure sufficient sleep, and enhance overall resistance. Additionally, communicate promptly with patients, explain relevant information about their condition, and elevate their awareness for a positive approach to treatment.
For patients undergoing otitis media surgery, assist in adjusting body positioning, apply elastic bandages to the head and operated ear, create a warm and comfortable hospital environment, closely monitor vital signs, and advise against nose blowing and sneezing to prevent dislodging of the healing structures.
Due to the irritation and swelling caused by otitis media, maintaining ear cleanliness is crucial. Use hydrogen peroxide for ear cleaning under professional guidance to prevent damage. Also, adopt proper sleeping positions, avoid mouth breathing, and sleep on the affected ear's side to facilitate pus drainage, minimize ear damage, and promote recovery.
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