Natures Amazing Ear Infection Cures

Natures Amazing Ear Infection Cures By Naturopath Elizabeth Noble

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Otitis is any inflammation of the ear. Otitis media refers to an infection that leads to the accumulation of fluid in the middle ear cavity. One cause is malfunction or obstruction of the eustachian tube, such as by allergy, enlarged adenoids, injury, or congenital abnormalities. Another cause is infection that spreads to the middle ear, most commonly from the upper respiratory tract. Continued infection may lead to accumulation of pus and perforation of the eardrum. Otitis media usually affects children under 5 years of age and may result in hearing loss. If untreated, the infection may spread to other regions of the ear and head. Treatment is with antibiotics. A tube also may be placed in the tympanic membrane to ventilate the middle ear cavity, a procedure called a myringotomy. Otitis externa is inflammation of the external auditory canal. Infections in this region may be caused by a fungus or bacterium and are most common among those living in hot climates and among swimmers,...

Otitis Externa

Otitis externa, an inflammatory condition involving the superficial layer of the external auditory canal, may be acute or chronic. Acute otitis externa in the elderly is generally a benign disorder, which may be localized or generalized. Chronic otitis externa is caused by the irritation due to the drainage from the middle ear in patients with chronic suppurative otitis media. An uncommon form of external otitis called malignant otitis externa is an invasive, necrotizing infection that spreads from the squamous epithelium of the ear canal to the periauricular soft tissue, blood vessels, cartilage, and bone (1-3). Otitis externa is observed in the summer months more frequently, as the maceration of the skin lining the externa auditory meatus is facilitated by heat, humidity, and perspiration. Swimming may lead to otitis externa (swimmer's ear) by introducing moisture into the ear canal. Malignant otitis externa is typically seen in elderly diabetics in whom chronic hyperglycemia,...

Factors Promoting Antimicrobial Resistance And Measures To Control Its Spread

Exposure to antibiotics also promotes antimicrobial resistance among pathogens acquired in the community. One example is drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae (DRSP) (9). S. pneumoniae is a frequent cause of outpatient respiratory infections including otitis media, pneumonia, and sinusitis. The strongest risk for developing an infection with DRSP is the prior use of antibiotics, in particular during the 3 previous months (86,87). Other risk factors for DRSP infection relate either directly or indirectly to antibiotic exposure. These risk factors have included young age, white race, higher income, suburban residence, and day care attendance (86,88-91). Day care attendance has been an important risk factor, probably because the environment presents a combination of frequent antibiotic usage with crowding and close contact of a large number of small children who share respiratory and other secretions (92-95). Surveillance has an important role in describing the resistance problem and...

Gram Positive Anaerobic Cocci

Gram-positive, strictly anaerobic cocci are included in the genera Peptococcus and Peptostreptococcus. The only species in the first genus is Peptococcus niger, whereas the latter comprises a number of species. The anaerobic cocci are commonly observed in normal human flora. In a pathogenic context they are usually only encountered as components of mixed florae together with other anaerobes or facultative anaerobes. These bacteria invade tissues through dermal or mucosal injuries and cause subacute purulent infections. Such infections are either localized in the head area (cerebral abscess, otitis media, mastoiditis, sinusitis) or lower respiratory tract (necrotizing pneumonia, pulmonary abscess, empyema). They are also known to occur in the abdomen (appendicitis, peritonitis, hepatic abscess) and female genitals (salpin-gitis, endometriosis, tubo-ovarian abscess). Gram-positive anaerobic cocci may also contribute to soft-tissue infections and postoperative wound infections. See p....

Exercise 20 Staphylococci

Common skin infections caused by S. aureus include pimples, furuncles (boils), carbuncles, and impetigo. Serious systemic (deep tissue) infections that result from S. aureus invasion include pneumonia, pyelonephritis, osteomyelitis, meningitis, and endocarditis. In addition to pneumonia, S. aureus may also produce infections of the sinuses (sinusitis) and middle ear (otitis media).

Diseases of the ear and mastoid process H60H95

Otitis externa H60.0 Abscess of external ear external auditory canal H60.2 Malignant otitis externa H60.3 Other infective otitis externa Otitis externa Keratosis obturans of external ear (canal) H60.5 Acute otitis externa, noninfective Acute otitis externa H60.8 Other otitis externa Chronic otitis externa NOS H60.9 Otitis externa, unspecified Disorders of external ear in diseases classified elsewhere H62.0* Otitis externa in bacterial diseases classified elsewhere Otitis externa in erysipelas ( A46+ ) H62.1* Otitis externa in viral diseases classified elsewhere Otitis externa in H62.2* Otitis externa in mycoses Otitis externa in H62.3* Otitis externa in other infectious and parasitic diseases classified elsewhere H62.4* Otitis externa in other diseases classified elsewhere Otitis externa in impetigo ( L01.-+ ) H62.8* Other disorders of external ear in diseases classified elsewhere

Pressureequalizing tubes in infancy

After the first few months of life and throughout early childhood, one of the most common pediatric illnesses is ear infection (otitis media). While otitis media usually resolves with or without antibiotics, many children have recurrent episodes and fluid accumulation in the middle ear. The fluid may persist without signs or symptoms of acute infection or inflammation (otitis media with effusion, OME) 22 . Ongoing controversy exists as to the best management of these young children with recurrent otitis and OME. Surgical treatment consists of myringotomy with insertion of a small tube through the tympanic membrane. It is the most common surgical procedure among infants and young children 27 . During the first 3 years of life the overall prevalence is 21 per 1000 children in the USA 28 . The primary goal of PE tube insertion is to remove middle ear effusion, prevent fluid accumulation and thus restore hearing, reduce recurrence of infections and prevent developmental delays in speech,...

Evaluate Known Predictors of Exposure

Even when the linkage of antecedent to exposure is less direct, as in the case of social and demographic predictors, there may still be value in assessing exposure predictors as a means of evaluating the accuracy of exposure information. Weaker associations with exposure or those that are less certain will be less contributory but can help to provide at least some minimal assurance that the exposure information is reasonable. If assessing the consequences of otitis media in children on subsequent development, the known positive association of the exposure with attendance in day care and sibship size and patterns of occurrence by age (Hardy & Fowler, 1993 Zeisel et al., 1999) may be helpful in verifying that otitis media has been accurately documented. As always, when the data conflict with prior expectations, the possibility that prior expectations were wrong

Respiratory Syncytial Virus

A clinical trial conducted over the 1996-1997 RSV season showed efficacy of this antibody in RSV disease in high-risk pediatric populations. At 139 centers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, 1502 children with either prematurity or bronchopulmonary dysplasia were enrolled and randomized to receive five injections of either palivizumab at 15 mg kg or placebo. Palivizumab prophylaxis resulted in a 55 reduction in hospitalization attributable to RSV infection. The benefit was greatest in children with prematurity alone as a risk factor, compared with children who had bronchopulmonary dysplasia. The incidence of adverse events was similar in the treatment and placebo groups (9). Not surprisingly, the monoclonal antibody to RSV did not seem to have the same protective effect with regard to otitis media and respiratory infections other than RSV that the pooled RSVIG provides, since the latter probably contains antibodies to multiple pathogens. Current guidelines for pediatric...

Microbial iron acquisition

Moraxella (Branhamella) catarrhalis, a mucosal pathogen closely related to Neisseria species, is a prominent cause of otitis media in young children and lower respiratory tract infections in adults. Campagnari et al. (1994) demonstrated thatM catarrhalis obtains iron from LF and TF and also maintains growth with ferric nitrate in vitro. Furthermore, when M. catarrhalis is grown under iron-limited conditions, the bacteria express new outer membrane proteins that are not detected in membranes of organisms cultured in an iron-rich environment. These iron-repressible proteins may be important for the acquisition and utilization of iron in vivo, which could allow M. catarrhalis to colonize and survive on human mucosal surfaces.

The Role Of Vaccination In Antimicrobial Resistance

Monia in low-risk groups, but it has not been consistently effective in the prevention of otitis media in children (57). It has not been shown to consistently reduce the risk of pneumonia in the highest risk population ( 65 yr, long-term care facility residents), nor affect mortality from pneumococcal pneumonia or other pneumococcal infections in any population (58). Until the vaccine is appropriately utilized, the true efficacy in preventing common and serious pneumococcal infections will remain unknown.

Vibrio alginolyticus

V. algininolyticus has been implicated as a causative agent of infection in various extraintestinal sites. The most common presentations of these infections are cellulitis, otitis media, otitis externa, and conjunctivitis, and bacteremia in immunocompromised hosts. Pien et al. (49) reviewed eight cases in which the pathogen was isolated from infections in the toe, shin, foot, scalp, and ear. It was the only bacterium isolated from four of the infections and was considered to be the most probable causative agent. It has been isolated from wound infections of patients who have had recent exposure to seawater (50-59). The patients had conditions such as wound infections in the leg, cellulitis of the leg and leg ulcer, ulcerated lesions, necrotizing fasciitis, superficial septicemic lesions, and open head injury. In a study in Western Australia, it was isolated from 20 of the 36 samples of infected superficial wounds that had come in contact with seawater (60). The pathogen has been...

Ivepidemiology A Incidence of illness

Illness caused by V. alginolyticus occurs worldwide. In a survey of Vibrio illness during 19811988 in Florida, Desenclos et al. (95) reported that the pathogen was isolated from 14 of the 333 cases. Eleven isolates were associated with wounds, 2 with gastroenteritis, 1 with septicemia, and one with other disease. In a similar survey of Vibrio infections on the Gulf Coast of the United States in 1989, it was isolated from 7 of the 121 infections (26). The 7 isolates were from wounds (5), ear infection (1) and gangrenous gallbladder (1). In Europe, Hornstrup and Gahrn-Hansen (101) reported that V. alginolyticus was found in 17 of the 30 extraintestinal Vibrio infections that occurred in a Danish county over a 6-year period. All the 17 patients had ear infections. Recent data compiled

Severe Congenital Neutropenia and Kostmann Disease

During the first year of life, omphalitis, otitis media, upper respiratory tract infections, pneumonitis, skin abscesses, and liver abscesses occur commonly with positive cultures for staphylococci, streptococci, Pseudomonas, Peptostreptococcus, and fungi. Splenomegaly may be present. Other manifestations include the following

Isolated angiitis of the central nervous systen is a recently recognized vasculitic disorder primarily involving the

The diagnosis is usually made within 6 months of initial symptoms, but unusual presentations of the mild form may elude diagnosis for years. It is important to distinguish WG from other pulmonary-renal syndromes, such as Goodpasture's syndrome and SLE. Most patients seek care because of upper and lower respiratory tract symptoms. Sinus pain, purulent sinus drainage, nasal mucosal ulceration, and otitis media are common tracheal inflammation can lead to subglottic stenosis. At presentation, 80 of patients have no renal involvement and 50 have no overt lung disease however, pulmonary problems, renal problems, or both eventually develop in more than 80 of patients. The glomerulonephritis is characterized by focal necrosis, crescent formation, and an absence or paucity of immunoglobulin deposits. Identical pauci-immune necrotizing glomerulonephritis occurs in CSS and microscopic polyangiitis, the other two ANCA-associated small-vessel vasculitides. Other WG...

Streptococcus pneumoniae Pneumococci

Pneumococ Gram Stain

The most important pneumococcal infections are lobar pneumonia and bronchopneumonia. Other infections include acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, otitis media, sinusitis, meningitis, and corneal ulcer. Severe pneu-mococcal infections frequently involve sepsis. Fig.4.5 a Gram staining of a preparation of middle ear secretion gram-positive, round-oval, encapsulated cocci clinical diagnosis otitis media.

Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency II

Affected children were born after uneventful pregnancies with normal height and weight. No delay in the separation of the umbilical cord was observed. They have severe mental retardation, short stature, a distinctive facial appearance, and the rare Bombay (hh) blood phenotype. From early life, they have suffered from recurrent episodes of bacterial infections, mainly pneumonia, periodontitis, otitis media, and localized cellulitis. During times of infections, the neutrophil count increases up to 150,000 l. Several mild to moderate skin infections, without obvious pus have also been observed (Wild et al. 2002). The infections have not been life-threatening events and are usually treated in the outpatient clinic. Interestingly, after the age of 3 years, the frequency of infections has decreased and the children no longer need prophylactic antibiotics. At older age, their main infectious problem is severe perio-dontitis as is also observed in patients with LAD I (Etzioni et al. 1998).

Selective IgA Deficiency

A third group of patients are categorized as hyper-lgM (HIM). Subjects have recurrent upper and lower respiratory infection, otitis, diarrhea, and ulcers. Patients do not respond to normal vaccines (Notarangelo et al., 1992). From a mechanistic perspective, HIM results from mutations in the CD40L (gp39) that preclude interactions with CD40.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Are rare in immunocompetent individuals. Defective nonspecific and specific immune defenses are preconditions for clinically manifest infections. Patients suffering from a neutropenia are at high risk. The main infections are pneumonias in cystic fibrosis or in patients on respiratory equipment, infections of burn wounds, postoperative wound infections, chronic pyelonephritis, endocarditis in drug addicts, sepsis, and malignant otitis externa. P. aeruginosa frequently causes nosocomial infections (see p. 343).

Sarcoid And Maxillary Sinus

Otologic manifestations of Wegener granu-lomatosis are related to the involvement of the Eustachian tube or of the middle ear. Active granulomatous tissue within the middle ear may exhibit enhancement differently from retained fluid observed in serous otitis media (Maroldi et al. 2001) (Fig. 6.29).

Inherited Thrombocytopenia

Infants are ill from the first few months of life and die in early childhood. Bleeding is frequently ushered in by melena during the neonatal period, later followed by purpura. Thrombocytopenia is associated with a shortened platelet survival time caused by an intrinsic platelet defect, as well as impaired platelet production. The clinical course is punctuated by recurrent pyogenic infections, including otitis media, pneumonia, and skin infections. There is also lowered resistance to nonbacterial infections, including herpes simplex and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

Frequently Ill Children

FIC vary (1) upper airways (nasopharyngitis, acute otitis, sinusitis, and tonsillitis), (2) false croup and laryngotracheobronchitis, and (3) inferior airway infections (bronchiolitis and pneumonia). Consecutive infections may be caused by (i) bacteri-ums, (ii) viruses, or (iii) pathogenic organisms Chlamydia pneumonia and Mycoplasma pneumonia. Chronic otitis

Viral Damage to Tissues and Organs

Diarrhea Rotavirus

As well as having direct adverse effects, viral infections olten predispose epithelia to secondary bacterial infections, increasing the susceptibility of the respiratory tract, for example, to bacteria that are normal commensals in the nose and throat (see Fig. 9-1). Thus, infections with influenza virus may destroy ciliated epithelia and cause exudation, allowing pneumococci and other bacteria to invade the lungs and cause secondary bacterial pneumonia, which is often the cause of death in elderly people suffering from influenza. Conversely, proteases secreted by bacteria may activate influenza virus infec-tivity by proteolytic cleavage of the hemagglutinin. Rhinoviruses and respiratory syncytial virus damage the mucosa of the nasopharynx and sinuses, predisposing to bacterial superinfection which commonly leads to purulent rhinitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, and sometimes otitis media. Similarly, in the intestinal tract, rotavirus infections may lead to an increase in susceptibility...

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Ear Anatomy Labeling Exercise

Ed is a 45-year-old man who goes to the doctor complaining of severe ear pain and reduced hearing immediately after disembarking from an international flight. It is apparent that Ed has a bad head cold, and the doctor recommends that he take a decon-gestant. He further recommends that Ed come back after the cold is better for an audiology test, if his hearing has not improved by then.While talking to the doctor, Ed complains that he can't see print very clearly anymore, even though he's never worn glasses. However, he tells the doctor that his distant vision, and ability to drive, are still fine. What may have caused Ed's ear pain and reduced hearing What may be responsible for his impaired ability to see print

Clinical Features of Influenza

Complications depend on the age of the patient. Young children may develop croup, pneumonia, or middle ear infection. However, most deaths occur in the elderly and are most frequently attributable to secondary bacterial pneumonia (usually due to Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, or Haemophilus influenzae) and or to exacerbation of a preexisting chronic condition such as obstructive pulmonary disease or congestive cardiac failure. Some of the elderly seem just to fade away.

Physiologic Factors Affecting Resistance

Children with protein deficiency of the kind found in many parts of Africa are highly susceptible to measles. All the epithelial manifestations of the disease are more severe, and secondary bacterial infections cause life-threatening disease of the lower respiratory tract as well as otitis media, conjunctivitis, and sinusitis. The skin rash may be associated with numerous hemorrhages, and there may be extensive intestinal involvement with severe diarrhea, which exacerbates the nutritional deficicncy. The case-fatality rate is commonly 10 and may approach 50 during severe (amines.

Measuring Agreement

Many research studies rely on an observer's judgment to determine whether a disease, a trait, or an attribute is present or absent. For example, results of ear examinations will certainly have effects on a comparison of competing treatments for ear infection. Of course, the basic concern is the issue of reliability. Sections 1.1.2 and 3.1.4 dealt with an important aspect of reliability, the validity of the assessment. However, to judge a method's validity, an exact method for classification, or gold standard, must be available for the calculation of sensitivity and specificity. When an exact method is not available, reliability can only be judged indirectly in terms of reproducibility the most common way for doing that is measuring the agreement between examiners.

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It seems likely that immune responses contribute to the respiratory damage, malaise, and fever, which appear at this stage and get steadily worse until the rash appears. Mucosal foci ulcerate on about the eleventh day, to produce the characteristic Koplik's spots in the mouth. By the fourteenth day, just as circulating antibodies become detectable, the characteristic maculopapular rash appears and the fever falls. This skin rash is due in large part to cell-mediated immune responses to viral antigens (type IV hypersensitivity see Chapter 9). Measles decreases the resistance of the respiratory epithelium to secondary bacterial infection, hence pneumonia, sinusitis, or otitis media may supervene. In immunocompromised patients, especially those with impaired cell-mediated immunity, giant cell pneumonia may occur, sometimes several months after the acute infection and often with fatal consequences. Measles also provides the classic example of increased severity of a...

Acute Meningitis

The leading cause of acute bacterial meningitis is H. influenza in children however, the incidence seems to be decreasing following the introduction of an effective vaccine. It is frequently associated with epiglotitis or otitis media. The most common cause of bacterial meningitis in adults is Streptococcus pneumoniae. Medical conditions commonly associated with pneumococcal meningitis include pneumonia, otitis media, head


10.1 Inflammation of the middle ear, otitis media (OM), is one of the most common childhood illnesses and accounts for one-third of the practice of pediatrics during the first five years of life. Understanding the natural history of otitis media is of considerable importance, due to the morbidity for children as well as concern about long-term effects on behavior, speech, and language development. In an attempt to understand that natural history, a large group of pregnant women were enrolled and their newborns were followed from birth. The response variable is the number of episodes of otitis media in the first six months (NBER), and potential factors under investigation are upper respiratory infection (URI), sibling history of otitis media (SIBHX 1 for yes), day care, number of cigarettes consumed a day by parents (CIGS), cotinin level (CNIN) measured from the urine of the baby (a marker for exposure to cigarette smoke), and whether the baby was born in the fall season (FALL). Table...

Hearing Impairments

Auditory Cortex Pitch Tone Frequency

There are two major categories of deafness (1) conduction deafness, in which the transmission of sound waves through the middle ear to the oval window is impaired, and (2) sensorineural, or perceptive, deafness, in which the transmission of nerve impulses anywhere from the cochlea to the auditory cortex is impaired. Conduction deafness can be caused by middle-ear damage from otitis media or otosclerosis (discussed in the previous clinical applications box, p. 257). Sensorineural deafness may result from a wide variety of pathological processes and from exposure to extremely loud sounds. Unfortunately, the hair cells in the inner ears of mammals cannot regenerate once they are destroyed. Experiments have shown, however, that the hair cells of reptiles and birds can regenerate by cell division when they are damaged. Scientists are currently trying to determine if mammalian sensory hair cells might be made to respond in a similar fashion.

Nasal Septum Cocaine

Cocaine Lesions

Wegener granulomatosis is characterized by a great variety of presentations, including systemic and local manifestations. General symptoms may be weakness, arthralgia, neurologic deficits, unexplained fever, malaise, and weight loss. Otitis media and hearing loss, subglottic stenosis, and oropharyngeal lesions, such as ulcers, are common presentations in the otolaryngologic district. However, the sinonasal tract is by far the most frequently involved area, with Diagnosis is based on clinical, serological, histo-logical, and imaging data. The clinical picture may sometimes be slightly nonspecific however, nasal crusting and otitis media resistant to common antibiotic therapy must arouse the suspicion of Wegener granulomatosis. Among laboratory tests, antineu-trophil cytoplasmic antibodies with a cytoplasmic pattern (c-ANCA) positivity is the most accurate indicator for Wegener granulomatosis. In the systemic form, serologic titer of this antibody is sensitive and specific, with values...


Sagittal Pituitary Mri

Acute bacterial infection of the sella turcica is a rare event (153-161). Whereas in many instances the pathogenesis of pituitary infection is not apparent, those instances in which an etiology has been established suggest that pituitary abscess arises in two clinical settings. The first is the result of secondary extension from a preexisting anatomically contiguous purulent focus. Acute sphenoid sinusitis, osteomyelitis of the sphenoid bone, mastoiditis, cavernous sinus thrombophlebitis, peritonsillar abscess, purulent otitis media, and bacterial meningitis have all been implicated as the primary infectious source. The other principal pathogenetic mechanism relates to generalized sepsis and hematogenous dissemination from a variety of distant septic foci (pneumonia, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, retroperitoneal abscess, tooth abscess). Isolated pituitary abscesses are extremely rare. More commonly (although still extremely unusual) abscesses have been reported in association with...


Damage to the tympanic membrane or middle-ear ossicles produces conduction deafness. This impairment can result from a variety of causes, including otitis media and otosclerosis. In otitis media, which sometimes follows allergic reactions or respiratory disease, inflammation produces an excessive accumulation of fluid within the middle ear. This, in turn, can result in the excessive growth of epithelial tissue and damage to the eardrum. In otosclerosis, bone is resorbed and replaced by sclerotic bone that grows over the oval window and immobilizes the footplate of the stapes. In conduction deafness, these pathological changes hinder the transmission of sound waves from the air to the cochlea of the inner ear.

Acute Sinusitis

In children seen in a large health system, sinusitis is frequently found as a co-morbidity with otitis media. Nearly half of all children with sinusitis also had otitis media (40). Children are also more likely to have posterior ethmoidal and sphenoid inflammation while adults have mainly maxillary and anterior ethmoidal sinusitis (41). Some medical conditions may increase the risk for sinusitis. These include cystic fibrosis, asthma, immunosuppression, and allergic rhinitis (42). Cigarette smoking may also increase the risk of bacterial sinusitis during a cold because of reduced mucociliary clearance.