Otitis refers to inflammation of the ear. Depending on the place of the affected ear, and the time of evolution, we have different types of otitis:
- External otitis
The Otitis Externa is the skin infection of the ear canal. They mainly occur in summer, in connection with swimming in swimming pools, seawater, and eczema of the skin or wounds due to scratching or manipulation of the ear. These infections cause pain, usually severe pain, plugging of the ear, and sometimes suppuration from the ear and hearing loss.
The treatment is very simple and consists of three basic measures that are
- Keep ear dry
- Aerate the ear
- Twice daily drops of ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone
- Acute otitis media
Acute Otitis Media is an infection of the middle ear that usually occurs following a respiratory illness and is especially common in children up to the age of 5 years in these infections are sometimes suppuration of the ear through a perforation of the eardrum that usually closes spontaneously.
Treatment is based on anti-inflammatory drugs and an amoxicillin-type antibiotic that should be prescribed for ten days, every 8 hours.
- Serous otitis media
It is not an infection, but inflammation in the middle ear, with fluid accumulation in that sector of the ear. The cause is the immaturity of the Eustachian tube, which can sometimes be accompanied by adenoid vegetations.
They are especially relevant in children since they can go unnoticed and are responsible for hearing loss and repetitive acute otitis media.
When the fluid is maintained over time, a small surgery may be necessary, which involves the placement of a transtympanic tube.
- Chronic otitis media
It is an inflammatory process of the middle ear, which has months of evolution and a tendency to leave sequelae, such as a tympanic perforation and/or the presence of a cholesteatoma (a benign tumor that must be resected by surgery)
The way to suspect this type of otitis is those people who have a history of constant suppuration of the ear.
Ear wax, also called ear wax, is made by the body to protect the ears. The wax has both lubricating and antibacterial properties. Most of the time, old wax moves through the ear canal through movements such as chewing and other movements of the jaw, and as the canal skin migrates from the inside out.
What does it mean when the wax is transformed into a stopper?
We say that a wax plug is formed, the earwax blocks 100% of the ear canal. For most people, the ears will never need to be cleaned – they are designed to clean themselves. The use of cotton swabs the only thing it does is push the wax into the ears and can also cause injuries to the ear.
How is the earwax plug treated?
The earwax plug must be removed; there are different ways of extraction:
- Ear wash. It consists of using a syringe with warm water, gently irrigating the ear canal, and removing the plug by dragging
- Remove wax manually using special instruments – this should only be done by a medical professional who can use a wax spoon, forceps, or a suction instrument
- The placement of cerumenolytic solutions (solutions that dissolve the wax) in the ear canal, such as baby oils, and hydrogen peroxide, do not remove the plug but instead soften and macerate it, facilitating its subsequent extraction.