Otitis media (medically: otitis media ) is a painful disease of the middle ear. It comes to an infection of the tympanic cavity with bacteria or viruses, which is accompanied by the typical symptoms of inflammation. Thus, it usually comes to severe pain, ear noises, and, depending on the progress of the disease to a discharge of purulent discharge from the ear canal. There are a number of different home remedies that are often used to treat acute otitis media. It should be noted that the disease itself can not be cured by the use of home remedies alone. Due to the fact that the inflammation takes place in the tympanic cavity, and thus is closed to the outside, home remedies can not penetrate into the area of the inflammation. However, the use of home remedies may alleviate discomfort and have a soothing effect on surrounding areas.
In general, however, should a suspected acute otitis media in each case a doctor should be consulted. With this the individual therapy should be discussed. If there is a desire to use certain home remedies for anti-inflammatory therapy, they may also be asked about the safety of the remedy. In no case should acute otitis media be treated with home remedies without consultation with a doctor. Since inflammation affects an important sense organ of the human body, therapy should be performed under medical supervision to prevent complications that would endanger the sensitive organ.
The symptoms of acute otitis media are characterized by severe pain on the affected side. These, in particular, appear as throbbing, throbbing pains on the ear and temple. Even fever can accompany the inflammation. Often also a hearing loss, ear noises or a feeling of fullness are accompanied by the acute otitis media.
Although home remedies can not fight the cause of inflammation, in some cases they can be used primarily to alleviate the symptoms. For example, a treatment with heat in acute middle ear infection is perceived as pleasant and is often used.
Many home remedies are said to have healing benefits to help combat acute otitis media. However, none of the known home remedies can solve the cause of the disease according to current scientific opinion. Nevertheless, they can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with acute otitis media and thus make the course of the disease a little more pleasant.
A well-known home remedy is the use of kitchen onion. In different applications this should help to effectively treat the inflammation. Especially so-called onion or chamomile sachets find frequent use in domestic use. Chopped onions or chamomile flowers are placed in a bag of thin cloth or in a tea towel and attached to the affected ear for a period of time. The vapors of the onion and the soothing effect of chamomile are intended to disinfect the affected organ and to exert an antibacterial effect.
Sometimes it is also recommended to add onion juice directly into the ear canal. This is definitely not recommended. Since the inflammation takes place in the middle ear and therefore the external auditory canal is separated from the affected middle ear by the eardrum, the juice applied there can not reach the place where it could develop its presumed effect. If the eardrum is already damaged and the onion juice gets into the middle ear, it can happen that the disease worsens. In addition, with the onion juice, pathogens additionally enter the middle ear and may cause an aggravation of the inflammation.
In addition to the onion is also the active ingredients in garlic attributed to a curative effect in the acute middle ear infection. Especially popular as a home remedy, the garlic is placed as a whole toe in the outer ear canal. A healing effect by the garlic, as well as the onion is considered very unlikely why the treatment with garlic can not be recommended.
Another substance that is often dripped into the outer ear canal and that is said to have a healing effect is tea tree oil. However, the tea tree oil can not penetrate through the eardrum and in the worst case can worsen the course of the disease by germ transmission in destroyed eardrum.
As a pleasant from the affected persons also a treatment with so-called red light felt. The affected person is treated with heat by the red light. The same effect can be achieved when a hot water bottle is filled with hot water and placed on the affected area. It is important not to expose the affected body to the warming measures too long. A scientifically proven background that the disease progression is favored by such a therapy does not exist. However, there is no reason to warm the affected area with red light or a hot water bottle if this measure relieves the symptoms.
A home remedy that can effectively relieve a common symptom of acute otitis media are calf rolls. Wet wipes are tied around the calves and effectively lower the body temperature of the affected person.
Chewing gum can also benefit the disease. Since in acute middle ear inflammation the Eustachian tube is swollen and thus no ventilation of the middle ear can take place, the chewing of gum can help restore this burden and thus shorten the course of the disease under certain circumstances something.
For all listed home remedies is that the application should be discussed best with a doctor, so that the ideal healing process is not in the way.
Home remedies alone should never be used without prior consultation with the physician in self-medication for acute otitis media. Too dangerous is that the inflammation progresses, the symptoms get worse and complications may arise.
For this reason, people who experience the typical symptoms of acute otitis media should definitely consult a doctor. The attending physician can also best assess the use of home remedies and give tips on which home remedies may have an actual positive impact on the disease process. The doctor should not be spared just because it is believed that an immediate antibiotic therapy is prescribed. Not always an immediate antibiotic therapy is recommended, but in some cases it may be useful to wait and see if the immune system can fight the inflammation by itself.
In pregnancy, it is often tried not to take certain medications because they can be dangerous for the pregnancy, for the mother or for the child. For an acute middle ear infection, which occurs during pregnancy, it is essential to see a doctor and do not self-therapy. The treating physician should be informed about the pregnancy so that it can initiate an accurate therapy. Since complications in a pregnant woman should be avoided at all costs, treatment of otitis media is especially important.
The treatment of choice for acute middle ear infections are antibiotics. It should be noted that a number of antibiotics pose no danger to the mother or child during pregnancy and can be taken without concern.
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In a conversation with the doctor can be expressed concerns and these may be removed from the world under certain circumstances. A single treatment with home remedies for the treatment of acute otitis media during pregnancy can not be recommended, as home remedies can not promote the disease and in the worst case even worsen the individual situation.