Let us know something about Middle-Ear Infection

The ear is the organ of hearing and one of the most important parts of the body. It is divided into three parts, known as the external part, middle part or drum and the internal part. Ear is a very sensitive organ and its inner surface is inaccessible. It is therefore necessary to deal with the disorders of this organ promptly. The most serious of these disorders is middle-ear infection, known as otitis media in medical parlance.

In otitis media, inflammation occurs on that portion of the ear which is directly behind the ear drum. There is discharge of pus into the outer ear. As the condition progresses, the inner ear becomes seriously affected, and hearing is considerably impaired. In case of children, suppuration may start slowly without any reason. If the suppuration is left unattended, it may result in deafness.

Middle-ear infection generally follows the infection of upper respiratory tract. The swelling of the mucosa in the throat blocks the Eustachian tube which connects the ears with the throat and nose. This cause pus to collect in the middle ear cavity.

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