Monday, December 8, 2014

Ear Infection Symptoms

A collection of ear infection symptoms can be involved when someone has otitis media. What is this conditionall Otitis media comes from Latin and refers to an infection of the inner ear. Let's take a look at some of the symptoms that may present in this condition.

Pressure and pain

Usually, the middle of the ear is sterile. However, when it is infected by bacteria, pus can collect inside of it. Pressure can build up at this point, and the situation may become significantly painful.

Perforated eardrum

In particularly severe cases, or in those that go without treatment, the eardrum might break. This may seem as though it would be a serious issue, but actually it can be welcome to the individual as it may lead to relief from the significant levels of pressure and pain. Keep in mind that in the majority of the cases that this occurs, the eardrum will still heal and return to its normal state after some time.
Ear Infection Symptoms
Ear Infection Symptoms

Pus in the ear canal

Should the eardrum perforate, then pus that was located in the middle ear may flow through the ear canal. In some cases it can even be noticed.

What causes an ear infection?

Now that we've discussed some of the possible ear infection symptoms, let's take a moment to look at what leads to this illness. In children, it is most frequently brought on by infection with S. pneumoniae. This type would be a bacterial form of otitis media. In adults, the reason most often seen is H. influenzae, which is also a bacteria. Other infectious agents, including some viruses, can also cause an ear infection. Incidence is also raised in people who have a dysfunctional Eustachian tube. It seems that genetics can also be involved as a risk factor.           

ENT Disorders - Ear Nose and Throat Problems and Treatments

Because these three organs are inter-connected, picking up a problem in one of the three can cause a host of different problems in the other two; this is where the ENT specialist steps in as he is well versed in the treatments of any ENT disorders and the related illnesses that these problems can cause.


There are far too many disorders to list; this article is focused on a few of the common ENT ailments that most of us have had before:

1) Sinusitis - probably the most common, this is the congestion of the nasal passages, accompanied by headaches, sneezing, postnasal drip and a runny nose. Quite unpleasant but easy enough to solve [if there is no underlying serious medical condition].

2) Swimmers ear - if the earlobe is tugged the patient experiences extreme pain and the patient may have pain while chewing accompanied by swollen lymph nodes. Can be solved with over the counter medication.

3) Inner ear infection - there may be a feeling of increased pressure in the ear with a fair amount of pain, this is probably caused by a fungal infection in the inner canal and will need immediate attention.

4) Ear infection - dull pain accompanied by loss of balance, hearing and a fluid discharge are all signs of a problem can be solved by over the counter medication but if no improvement is noted after a day or two, the patient will need to see a doctor.

5) Strep throat - fever, fatigue, difficulty in swallowing, sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes, patient needs medication for this problem and will need to see a doctor for an anti-biotic and a throat analgesic.

6) Tonsillitis - really sore throat, fever, chills, and difficulty in swallowing, this condition definitely needs medical care as it is recurring and may need surgery.

There are other throat, ear and nose infections out there but the ones above are generally the most diagnosed.


ENT Disorders - Ear Nose and Throat Problems and Treatments
ENT Disorders - Ear Nose and Throat Problems and Treatments

* environmental - generally due to dampness [swimmers ear] an infection could occur if no care is taken in keeping the ear canal dry and clean

* viral - affect more than one part of the body and cannot be cured with a anti-biotic

* bacterial - these infections are generally localized [affect only one side of the throat] and occur when the area is bruised or damaged in some way

* fungal - the monster of the bunch, immediate attention is needed as any delay could compound the problem due to the exponential growth of fungi

Home remedies

1) Garlic oil - has antimicrobial properties and can be used to treat an ear infection2) Ginger tea - has the same properties as garlic and can be used to soothe a sore throat3) Eucalyptus oil - used in conjunction with steam can relieve congestion and soothe inflammation in throat or nasal infections4) Gargle - salt is a mild antiseptic and can be gargled with water to treat a throat infection

Please remember that infants and toddlers need to see the doctor if any of these problems occur, they have a underdeveloped immune system and so need assistance with the curing/healing of any of these problems.           

Monday, December 1, 2014

Dizziness - Symptoms, Cause and Medication

Dizziness is a universally common feeling for a human being. It's a common term for describing very different feelings. Some may describe it as a light headedness, or feeling shaky on their feet. But according to medical dictionary it is termed as "Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of vision, the brain, balance (vestibular) system of the inner ear, and gastrointestinal system.

"Dizziness is a medical term which is used to describe a variety of conditions ranging from lightheadedness, unsteadiness to vertigo."


The dizziness can be recognized with the following symptoms

- Being fainted at the sight of blood or with emotional upset
- Fainting in standing up too quickly or standing still too long
- Weakness during a illness
- Seasickness or motion sickness
- Queasiness, nausea, or vomiting
- Confusion in thinking
- Fatigue feelings, tiredness or daytime sleepiness
- Clumsy movement
Dizziness - Symptoms, Cause and Medication
Dizziness - Symptoms, Cause and Medication


There are many reasons for causing dizziness. Infection in viral system is the main cause of dizziness which affects the air flow to the head or the ear. The low blood pressure can also cause dizziness due to reduction of blood supply to the brain. Mental anxiety and panic attacks, can lead to dizzy condition. Sudden low blood sugar is another possible cause, and is easily treated by taking some sugary foods.


By following some easy steps dizziness can be cured. Having a good diet one of them. Those who are suffering from low blood sugar should take several smaller meals throughout the day and reduce the intake of refine sugar, caffeine and alcohol. There are some dizziness medications such as herb like ginger and ginkgo leaf, grape seed extract can be very helpful. Proper nutrition supplement is also important.To prevent and minimize the effects of dizziness Vitamin B complex, vitamin B3, vitamin E, and iron are very much effective.