How to Deal with Chronic Ear Infections
Ear infections can be painful – and persistent. Chronic ear infections are linked to the middle ear, where inflammation can develop and can recur over time if they don’t heal properly. And if those lingering health issues aren’t addressed, then they can lead to lasting damage.
What should you do if you – or your child – develop chronic ear infections? Consider
these four tips when you’re trying to keep infections at bay.
- Consider the time. For generally healthy children age 6 months and older who have only mild symptoms, some experts recommend waiting 72 hours before seeking medical attention for ear infections. The immune system shows ways of helping heal itself, though this isn’t a foolproof defense.
- Try medicine. For bacteria-caused ear infections, antibiotics prescribed by a doctor can help offer relief. Although some doctors try to avoid these types of medicines, antibiotics such as amoxicillin can be used in kids 6 months and under, or those who get multiple infections in a month.
- Go natural. Garlic oil has been investigated as an alternative source of relief.
- With an eyedropper, you can release a few warm – not hot – drops into the ear to help soothe headaches. In addition, garlic oil is known to have antibiotic properties.
- Soothe pain. For the aches and fevers associated with chronic ear infections, common pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help in a few hours. When you’re treating children, be sure to follow package directions to administer the correct dosage based on age.
No matter what your approach to dealing with chronic ear infections, we’re here if you have any questions about your health or your treatment. Whether you’re ailing or taking care of an under-the-weather loved one, you can call us anytime.