What is otitis media?
Otitis media are ear infections commonly seen in children.
Ear infections often get better on their own in 2-3 days.
What are the symptoms of otitis media?
Loss of energy
Discharge from the ear
Feeling of pressure inside the ear
Itching and irritation around the ear
Scaly skin in and around the ear.
Young children/babies with your infection may also
Rub or pull their ear
Not react to some sounds
Lose their balance.
Not eat normally.
What should I do if I have otitis media with severe symptoms?
Consult your healthcare provider immediately if
You have high fever.
Ear pain that does not get better after three days.
Swelling around the ear
Fluid/Blood coming from the ear
Other symptoms like being sick, severe sore throat, dizzy
Repeated ear infections
If you have a weak immune system due to long-standing disease, medications.
Antibiotic tablets, eardrops, steroid eardrops, antifungal eardrops can be prescribed based on the condition.
What should I do if I have otitis media with mild symptoms?
Use over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol or ibuprofen. Children under 16 should not use aspirin.
Place a warm or cold wash cloth on the ear
Do not put anything inside your ear to remove earwax, such as cotton buds or your finger
Do not let water or shampoo get in your ear
Do not use decongestants or antihistamines – there's no evidence they help with ear infections
How can I prevent ear infections?
Stay up-to-date with your vaccinations.
Do not smoke.
Avoid sticking objects or fingers in your ears
Use earplugs when you swim
Prevent water or shampoo getting into your ears when you take a shower or bath.
Treat conditions that affect your ears like eczema or allergies to hearing aids.