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Ears

Ear infections

An ear infection usually occurs in the middle part of the ear, behind the eardrum and is known as a middle ear infection (otitis media) becoming inflamed or infected as a result of a cold, allergy or upper respiratory infection . Most infections do not require treatment and clear up on their own within a few days. However, recurring and persistent infections can cause serious complications to the ear such as short-term and long-term hearing loss as well as a ruptured eardrum.

  • Tug or pull at one or both ears

  • Irritability

  • Crying more than usual

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Earache

  • Fever

  • Fails to respond to sounds and has difficulty hearing

  • Headaches

  • Fluid drains from the ears

  • Earache or ear pain

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    There are various causes and factors that may contribute to ear infection, or earache,  and these include:

  • Bacterial or viral infection that cause colds

  • Problems within the eustachian tubes such as swelling, blockage or dysfunction of these tubes.

  • Swelling of the adenoids or the sinuses

    Herbal and homeopathic remedies are a gentler and more natural alternative to treating ear infections and promoting overall ear health. These remedies are safe to use for children without the harsh side effects of antibiotic treatment. Hopi ear candle treatment may relieve some congestion in the ear.