What is an ear infection?
Your ear is a special sense organ that helps
you to hear. Your ear is connected to the throat by a tube called
as the eustachian (pronounced as u - stay - she - un) tube. This
tube helps to maintain the air pressure in the ear. Sometimes, this
tube does not work properly. When you get a cold or have an allergy,
this tube may get blocked and germs may enter into the ear. These
germs then grow inside your ear and cause an infection. Ear infection
is very common in small children below 5 years, as the eustachian
tube is small and soft in them and tends to get blocked easily.
then why do I get an earache?
Since the germs tend to grow inside the ear
and the eustachian tube is blocked, the pressure within the ear
increases causing it to pain. The eardrum may also not move freely
and thus you may also have difficulty in listening. Sometimes the
infection may burst through your eardrum and pus or liquid may come
out from the ear.
then how is an ear infection treated?
If you have an earache or have difficulty
in hearing, go to your doctor. Your doctor will look into your ear
with the help of a special torch. The doctor may also do an audiogram
(pronounced as odd - dee - o - gram), a special test to check your
hearing. Your doctor will prescribe medicines to cure the infection,
which may have to be taken for 5 - 10 days. This medicine will have
to be taken for the entire period even if you start feeling better.
If your ear aches severely, your doctor shall give you pain relieving
medicine. A warm water bottle on the side of the head may also be
can I prevent myself from getting an ear infection?
The best way to prevent an ear infection is
to prevent getting a cold. There is also a shot now available against
one of the germ that causes ear infections. Your doctor may give
you this shot. And lastly, don't forget, washing your hands often
may be the best shot!!
nose & cold and now a earache,
That my eardrums in pain seemed to break
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But all my ears did were to constantly leak".