Acute Middle Ear Infection: What It Is and How It Can Be Easily and Naturally Remedied by Your Chiropractic Physician

 by Ramah Wagner, D. C., Wagner Chiropractic, Eustis, Florida

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Almost half of all children will suffer from at least one acute middle ear infection, acute Otitis media, before they are one year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one episode by age three. The symptoms of Otitis media may include ear pain/severe earache, fever over 100.4°F, vomiting, trouble hearing because of fluid build-up in the ear, poor appetite, interrupted sleep, weakness, and irritability.

For many children, Otitis media can become a chronic problem requiring treatment year after year and putting them at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems. 

Otitis media is caused by either a bacterial or viral infection and frequently results from an illness such as a cold, flu, or sore throat. Viruses or bacteria get into the throat and the mucous membranes become inflamed thereby increasing the production of fluid. If you look into the ear of a child with Otitis media, you will be able to see that buildup of fluid behind the ear drum, and the inside of the ear will also appear inflamed.

Additionally, the membranes which line both the ear and the Eustachian tube (or auditory tube) swell up which is one cause for the inability of secreted fluid to drain out. It builds up in the middle ear and then pushes on the eardrum causing pain and hampering the ability to hear. Because the Eustachian tube is quite narrow and short in infants and toddlers, germs in their upper throat can spread to the middle ear causing infection.

Principally, Otitis media commonly emerges when there is improper drainage of the lymph system in the neck or when the muscle that is supposed to keep bacteria or viruses from entering the Eustachian tubes (located in the back of the throat leading to the inner ear) doesn’t work correctly.

After approximately age seven, there is less of a tendency for Otitis media because both Eustachian tube and immune system have become more developed.

While these occurrences can happen in adults, it usually does not result in an ear infection for two reasons:

  1. the shape and the length of the Eustachian tubes are different in adults allowing easier drainage and making it more difficult for a bacteria strain to invade;
  2. adults tend to spend more time upright than young children do which also encourages better drainage and decreases the risk of infection. 

In either case, the underlying root cause of Otitis media is usually a mechanical problem. There is either a reduced or blocked drainage of the lymph vessels in the neck lymphatic chains that causes a buildup of fluid in the inner ear or a loss of normal function of the small muscle at the opening of the Eustachian tube in the pharynx that allows bacteria and viruses from the mouth to enter the inner ear.

Instead of treatment that tries to kill the bacteria or virus, a more natural approach is to restore normal drainage of the ear and neck lymphatics. This approach is most effectively done through chiropractic... Read more...