Causes of ear infection
What type of ear infection do I have?
What are the signs and symptoms of an ear infection?
- Middle ear infection symptoms
- External ear infection symptoms
- Inner ear infection symptoms
Should I call the doctor?
Is an ear infection contagious?
How long does an ear infection last?
Ear ache and ear infection terminology
Ear ache, ear infection and allergy
Treatment of ear ache and ear infection
Most ear aches are caused by an ear infection of the middle, inner or external ear. They can be caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi.
Ear ache and infection can also be triggered by allergy, enlarged adenoids or tonsils, structural problems in the skull or jaw, or environmental irritants like cigarette smoke. Ear ache without infection can be caused by exposure to strong wind, cold or a blow to the ear.
See the e-book "Nature's Amazing Ear Infection Cures" for reasons why some people seem more susceptible, and what you can do about it.
Middle ear infection (otitis media)
Middle ear infection often follows a cold or respiratory infection.
It can occur at any age but it is most common in children under 6 years of age - particularly those aged 3 months to 3 years.
External ear infection or swimmers ear (otitis externa)
External ear infection affects the outer ear and ear canal. Swimmers ear is most common in teenagers who swim a lot. It may result from the repeated wetting and softening of the external ear which makes it an ideal breeding ground for microbes to thrive.
Inner ear infection (otitis media)
An infection of the inner ear affects the convoluted system of cavities and ducts that make up the inner ear. These delicate structures are involved in hearing and balance. Infections of the inner ear are usually viral. Less commonly the cause is bacterial. An inner ear infection may follow a middle ear infection or meningitis.
Middle ear infection symptoms:
External ear infection symptoms:
Inner ear infection symptoms:
Ear infection and ear ache can also be accompanied by the classic signs of infection like:
Seek medical care if there is:
Inner and middle ear infections are not passed from person to person. They usually follow a previous infection or are triggered by allergy or an environmental irritant.
The microbes from external ear infections can be passed on in susceptible individuals under conditions of poor hygiene.
See the e-book "Nature's Amazing Ear Infection Cures" for an explanation of why some people seem more susceptible to chronic ear infections, and how to treat a variety of conditions naturally.
Although ear ache usually disappears in a couple of days, it can take 10 days or longer to resolve the ear infection. In some cases fluid may remain in the ear, with or without infection for weeks or months after. These times will be minimized with the natural methods outlined in the book.
Otitis media is inflammation of the middle ear
Otitis interna is inflammation of the inner ear
Otitis externa is inflammation of the outer ear
"Acute" is when the condition has a rapid onset, brief duration and severe symptoms.
"Chronic" is when the condition has a long duration with recurring symptoms.
Food allergies, particularly to wheat and cow's milk, are a common cause of recurrent ear infections. Other common foods may also be implicated.
Airborne allergies or sensitivities can also trigger an ear infection in susceptible individuals.
Research shows that secretory otitis media (middle ear infection) is more than twice as frequent in allergic children than in non-allergic children. A study of 100 allergenic children showed that 50% had fluid in their ears.
The natural approach to ear ache and ear infections is to bolster the immune system so that the body can eliminate ear infections for good.
For immediate relief, hot compresses and herbal ear drops are fantastic. Essential oils, massage, homeopathy and chiropractic can also bring fast relief from the pain of ear ache.
Longer term, the use of targeted supplements and herbs plus an immune-boosting diet, are essential to keep the body healthy and avoid infections.
Other common sense approaches that will help are fresh air, regular exercise, allergy management and stress reduction. All these natural approaches are covered comprehensively in "Nature's Amazing Ear Infection Cures" which you can purchase on this site and download within minutes.
The benefits of this natural approach is that it offers a cure as well as long term prevention of ear aches and infections. Unlike conventional drugs, there are usually no side effects and there is no drug resistance to natural therapies.