Ear Infections In Adults
Even though adults are not affected by ear infections as often as children are, it is important that adults are aware of how they might be affected by adult ear infection. An infection in the Eustachian tube, near the inner ear, is what causes adult ear infection.
The Eustachian tube is a passage that connects the inner ear and the nasal passages. Its purpose is to drain fluid from the ears and make the pressure equal between the inside and outside of the body. An infection can occur when mucous or fluid build up in the Eustachian tube.
There are several situations where adult ear infection might happen. If you catch cold, then it might cause the fluid to build up which might cause an infection in the Eustachian tube. Post-nasal drip may also add to this. An adult does not need to be ill to get an adult ear infection. Ear infection in every one out of four children is cause by a viral infection and not a bacterial infection. Viruses can cause ear infection in adults too, and these viral infections are more difficult to treat and eliminate.
If you contract an adult ear infection, there are certain complications you should be aware of. If these complications can be diagnosed early, then they can be dealt with more easily. Complications connected with auld ear infection are fluid in the ear, pressure and pain.
The tissue in the inner ears swells because of the trapped fluid or the infection and this is part of the cause for the pressure and the pain. The adenoids frequently swell due to the infection, and the swelling pushes into the ear causing pain.
The other complications include temporary hearing loss. Fluid may build up permanently in some parts of the ear even after the pressure is relieved and the infection subsides.
Adult ear infections can be treated properly and any buildup also removed whether it was a viral or bacterial infection. Antibiotics are required with bacterial infections. Bacterial infections are very easy to treat. The fluid build up in the ear can also be removed easily.
Adult ear infection can be prevented easily. Xylitol-rich chewing-gum lowers the risk of ear infection. It relieved pressure in the ear and releasing it into the throat and mouth prevents the bacteria from moving up and down the nasal passage. Bacteria and pollutants are flushed out with nasal spray preventing build up and infection.