Treat Ear Pain

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Middle Ear Infection

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When fluid accumulates in the middle ear (that part of the ear behind the eardrum) pressure builds up and causes pain. Middle ear infections(otitis media) usually occur as a complication of an upper respiratory infection, when the tubes between the ear and the throat (Eustachian tubes) swell and close. Fluid and mucus gather in the middle ear, and bacteria breed.

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The hallmark symptom of otitis media--persistent ear pain--may be accompanied by decreased hearing, a sense of fullness or ringing in the ear, fever, headache, runny nose, and dizziness.

Vertigo is the dizzy feeling of being off balance. More specifically, it is the sensation that the room or objects are moving around you. A middle ear infection can cause vertigo, as can toxic substances in the body or other types of infection. Otitis media requires a visit to your doctor, who will probably prescribe antibiotic treatment and possible a decongestant.

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What are the Causes of Ear Pain

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    Loud music, wearing of ear phones,swimming and muffling of loud noises, any germs that goes along with that can cause infections and pain.
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    Scuba diving and Airplane travel can also cause ear pain due to the changes in air pressure.
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    When you do haircut and the small hairs enters your ear, it will definitely irritate your ear that can lead to pain.
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    Ailing bodies can also leads to ear pain.
    For an infant, teething can cause ear pain. For kids and adult, a tooth ache can also a cause of ear pain.
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    Noise pollution and various biological factors can cause viral infections.
    It can cause a change of fluid volume in the labyrinth of your ear that can actually produce swelling and can cause rupture to the membrane that can mix all the different fluid inside the ear.
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How to Care for Otitis Media at Home after a Visit to the Doctor

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    Get plenty of rest.
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    Increase fluids if you have permission from your doctor.
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    Pace a warm washcloth, water bottle, or heating pad directly on the affected ear.
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    With your mouth open, make sure to blow your nose gently.
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    Use a cool mist vaporizer to moisturize the air and help control the level of mucus.
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    Take OTC pain relievers, decongestants, nose drops, or antihistamines.
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How to Treat Symptoms of Vertigo

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    Lie quietly in a darkened room.
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    Avoid sudden movements.
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    Focus on one object or keep eyes closed to help ease spinning sensation.
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Middle Ear Fluid

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Serous otitis media results when fluid collects in the middle ear, either from a previous infection or ongoing irritations such as allergies. An infection is not necessarily associated with this condition but can occur if bacteria build up.

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Symptoms of Middle Ear Fluid

  • Temporary hearing loss.
  • A feeling of stuffiness.
  • Sensitivity in the ear.

Most cases of serous otitis media clear up in about a week. Chewing gum or swallowing may help open the Eustachian tube, and taking decongestants or pain relievers may provide additional relief. If the problem does not clear up, a doctor may prescribe a higher dose of decongestant or use a device to force air into the Eustachian tube and middle ear. Antibiotics may be prescribed if a bacterial infection is discovered.

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Will a vaporizer help in the room of a middle ear fluid sufferer?

The answer to this question is fortunately, yes, a vaporizer can greatly help in relieving someone who has a middle ear infection. The best time to use a vaporizer is during the night while you are resting and before dozing off. What a vaporizer does is, it extensively helps in thinning ear fluids by keeping the proper moisture in air while keeping the humidity level raised. A person's ear pain will be alleviated as the fluid buildup in the ear canal decreases.

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There are portable vaporizers available on the market, and portable ones are the most convenient to use. There are digital and non-digital vaporizers to choose from.

Non Digital Vaporizer

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    Operates with the use of a flame source.
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    Inexpensive compared to the digital vaporizer.
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    Operating time is minimal and it is very easy to use.
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  • Note: Overheating is the main issue with this type of vaporizer, so it should be taken care of very well, and used only as directed, in order to make sure it performs to its peak.

Digital Vaporizer

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    Power source is required to operate this.
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    A bit expensive, but brags of its battery and charger feature, which both truly enhance its portability.
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    An LED on most of the models indicates when it is ready to use, and warns when the device is overheated!
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  • Note: There is an herbal vaporizer out on the market as well, and it is said to be the best variety. It is portable, light to carry, built to last and, most importantly, it's very easy to use.

Operating the Herbal Vaporizer

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    Warm the unit up by plugging the power cable into a wall socket.
    Wait for about 10 minutes for it to heat up.
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    While waiting, you can chop up a medicinal herb of your choice and place it in the vaporizer's glass container.
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    When the device is warmed up, you can now inhale its vapors.
    Continue doing so until the herbs have turned to a brownish color.
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  • Note: The heating components of the device processes the herbs, warms the air's circulation so it can come across the herbs and assist in releasing the extracts. * Note: This type of vaporizer is a helpful way to soothe ear fluid sufferers.

Ruptured Eardrum

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If you have recently had a cold with ear pain and congestion, and then notice white to yellow ear discharge (even on your pillow), contact your doctor. Infections, blows to the head, or inserting sharp objects into the ear can rupture the eardrum.

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Eardrum popped when blowing nose

You have severe colds and tried to blow your nose so hard and suddenly you think you hear your eardrum pop. Did you really pop your eardrum?

This is normal, and when you put much pressure in blowing your nose, your eardrum may indeed pop. It is caused by the air pressure on your ears. You will notice that the sound that you hear will be back to normal after a few minutes.

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But if you observe that it is too painful to handle, and that your hearing did not get back to normal, you may have broken your eardrum and you need to go to your family doctor, or perhaps an Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat specialist.

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You may need to take some medications and apply ear drops in your ears to prevent further infection.

  • Warning: Blow your nose gently when you have colds. Or just make use of a vaporizer to unclog your nose.

Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • DO NOT insert any type of object in your ear to relieve itching or pain.
  • You should seek emergency care if your ear pain is accompanied by a headache, fever, or stiff neck.
  • If you have sudden hearing loss, give your doctor a call.
  • Seek medical attention from a doctor if you think you may have an ear infection.
  • Call your doctor if any ear pain lasts more than 12 to 24 hours.
  • Call your doctor if you suspect a ruptured eardrum.

Questions and Answers

Doctor uses flaming vapor device work for an ear infection?

There are other procedures and devices that are used by doctors and not those flaming vapor device for an ear infection.

A flaming vapor device can overheat so it is not really advisable to use this kind of device.

Ear doctors prefer other ways of treating and handling ear infection. They use devices like digital vaporizer because overheating can be avoided.

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