The ear, a complicated place
To understand how to treat ear infections, we first need to better understand the ear. The ear is divided into three parts:
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Since there are three parts to the ear, that means there are three types of ear infections.
So, what causes an ear infection?
The middle ear is a little space with the ear drum on one side. It has only one way out, the Eustachian tube, which is a little tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the throat. This lets pressure equalize between the outside and the middle ear, and what gets blocked when we go down a mountain and our ears feel like they need to pop. When we yawn, we open the Eustachian tubes and let the pressure equalize.
Most commonly with a cold or other viral infection there is inflammation and swelling in the throat which can block off the Eustachian tubes. This allows fluid to accumulate in the middle ear instead of draining like it would normally if the Eustachian tubes weren’t blocked.
This is often the situation with an ear ‘infection’, fluid builds up in the middle ear which gives the symptoms of:
Since the stagnant fluid has no way to get out with the Eustachian tubes plugged, it is possible for the bacteria normally present in the ear to overgrow and cause an infection, though this is less common than most people think.
How is it treated conventionally?
MD’s have prescribed tons upon tons of antibiotics for a condition that rarely involves an actual infection. In fact, instead of calling it an ear infection, we’d be better off calling it an ear ache. Luckily guidelines have changed and the standard course of action is to watch and wait. In most kids, when the inflammation in the throat goes down, the Eustachian tubes open, the fluid drains, and the ear ache goes away. However parents often want a treatment for their kids and bully or harass doctors into giving antibiotics.
Save the antibiotics for serious infections and treat an ear ache naturally.
How is it treated naturally?
The natural treatment of an ear ache typically involves four parts.
Using the above four steps, I have seen the VAST majority of ear infections clear quickly and without problems.
If things don’t improve or get significantly worse, be smart, make sure the person gets seen by a medical professional (natural or otherwise). It’s rare but occasionally ear aches do turn into serious ear infections and need to be treated with things like antibiotics.
However, using the above four steps means more than likely you can treat an ear ache while saving people from unnecessary antibiotics.
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