Middle ear infection Ottis media is often linked with a viral or bacterial infection. The virus or bacterias tend to invade the ear, gaining entry from the nose and throat.
The middle ear is an air filled hollow and is situated between the inner ear and ear drum. The Eustachian tube which is an air channel between the ear and the nose keeps the middle ear well ventilated allowing fluids to flow out through the nose, hence why when this channel becomes obstructed the fluid settles in the middle ear.
Other typical causes of Middle Ear Infection Ottis Media could be due to a blockage of the sinuses and tubes again caused by infection, or even by infection brought into the ear with a ruptured eardrum which is very common amongst babies and toddlers and finally measles can also lead to a middle ear infection ottis media.
Signs and Symptoms of Middle Ear Infection Ottis Media
- Persistent earache
- Pulling/tugging at the ear
- Mild fever (approx. 38oC)
- Some deafness or hearing loss
BE AWARE THAT AN INCREASE IN FEVER MAY LEAD TO FEBRILE CONVULSIONS.
Incubation Period for Middle Ear Infection Ottis Media
There is no Incubation Period with a Middle Ear Infection Ottis Media.
Treatment for Middle Ear Infection Ottis Media
The pain caused by middle ear infection Ottis Media can be treated with paracetamols or ibuprophens as they also reduce temperatures.
Antibiotics in most cases are unadvisable as the infection tends to clear up voluntarily after 2-3days. They are rarely prescribed anyway unless the child is under 2years oldor the infection is severe.
If antibiotics are prescribed then known side effects can cause diarrhoea, however most children will recover fully after a couple of days on painkillers.
Contact your childs GP for further medical advice and treatment of a Middle Ear Infection Ottis Media if it has not cleared up within 3-4 days or if you are concenred.