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Otitis Media

Ear infections are extremely painful. Most parents just want them to go away so they can get a good night's sleep and not hear the pitiful cries of their baby. When it hasn't worked after two or three days, most parents take their child to the pediatrician who prescribes antibiotics right away .

What happens when your child is prescribed too many rounds of antibiotics? One will be surprised how quickly an ear infection comes back-sometimes within a day! This means that the antibiotic did not kill all of the bacteria in the middle ear. In fact, many antibiotics don't reach this area effectively because it has poor blood supply, so only about 30% actually make it into those inner regions where bacteria live. Some children may have allergies to certain antibiotics, like amoxicillin and penicillin. When parents take their child back to the doctor after another bout of otitis media, they are often given more rounds of antibiotics-and this process continues until there is no antibiotic left that their child doesn't have an allergic reaction too!

Ayurveda takes the condition better than conventional system of medicines. 

Don't offend and kill others always- better learn to improve your defense mechanism- strengthen your immune system. 

What does Ayurveda say about Otitis media?

Does it consider this disease as a form of imbalance or doshas ? Can i treat it with Ayurveda?

This is an important question and needs to be answered before we go ahead. Otitis media (OM) commonly known as middle ear infection is usually considered as a medical condition nowadays but Ayurveda considers OM as another category of diseases called 'Pith' – which is always seen in kapha constitution.[1] In ayurvedic texts, there are so many references about otitis media aka Pith. It refers to diseases that can develop due to excess pitta namely Prakopa (inflammation), Varjya (infection), Sthira (drainage obstruction), Krimi (stiffness) and Yashti (blockage). Nowadays medical science has combined all of these conditions into one disease called Otitis Media with the basic assumption that all of these are just different aspects of same disease.

Ayurvedic view on otitis media:

Tridosha (vata-pitta-kapha) imbalance causes soma (SOM), an excess of vata dosha results in otorrhoea while pittadoshas are causative factors for jvara or pain associated with SOM.

Four types of symptoms: Kaphaja, pittaja, vatadosha and tridoshaha.

In kaphaja (mucus) there is pain on movement of pinna (ear), fullness in middle ear with burping sound or crackling sensation and some fever but no pus formation;

Pitta related condition has slight fever, piercing pains localized over the site of infection which spread to entire head accompanied by throbbing pain in one side of face, severe local inflammation with yellowish-white thick pus formation and involvement of eustachian tube.

Vata imbalance leads to dryness associated with intense itching, tearing and a feeling of presence of insects crawling around the ear; while Tridoshaha soma has pain and itching in the ear, along with dullness, weakness, fever and chilliness. An occasional dry cough is also present.

The most common type of infection in childhood is otitis media, which affects 25% to 50% of all children. The middle ear stays airless due to the Eustachian tube; therefore if this narrow passage gets blocked, it can no longer ventilate and dry up the middle ear cavity as effectively. This leads to a buildup of pressure that causes pain and mucus discharge from the infant's ear. Otitis media sometimes occurs when an upper respiratory tract infection travels down into the eustachian tube and then goes deeper down into the middle ear causing swelling (inflammation) inside that small space.

This infection is the second most common reason children go to see a doctor, accounting for one-third of all pediatrician visits. The lifetime prevalence (number of cases in a population over time) of otitis media averages 20%, meaning that 1 out of every 5 people has had an ear infection.

What are the symptoms of otitis media?

The symptoms are the same whether it's in one or both ears, but can be more severe with bilateral otitis media. The main symptoms are:

Ear pain or a tugging sensation (It may feel like your earlobes have been yanked)

difficulty sleeping due to discomfort (This is common especially during the night)

There are many different symptoms associated with ear infections such as redness, pain, and fever. However, some babies don't show any signs or seem irritable but not extremely fussy. Some may just sleep more than usual and appear unresponsive to their mothers' pokes and prods because they feel so bad inside their ears! As you can see from these varying types of symptoms, ear infections can be deceiving, especially in infants.