What Is Otitis?

Otitis is a general term for an inflammation of the ear. The inflammation can be caused by a variety of conditions, including ear infections, allergens, and irritants. The three types of otitis are: otitis externa (outer ear infection), otitis media (middle ear infection), and otitis interna (inner ear infection).

Symptoms of Otitis

The symptoms of otitis vary depending on the type of infection. Common symptoms of otitis include: earache, itchiness, difficulty hearing, fluid drainage from the ear, ringing or buzzing in the ear, dizziness, and facial weakness.

Treatment of Otitis

Treatment for otitis usually includes antibiotic or anti-fungal medications, and in some cases, surgery or other specialized treatments. A doctor should be consulted before embarking on any treatment plan.

Patients should also avoid swimming or putting water in their ears, as this can increase the risk of infection. The affected ear should be kept dry at all times.

Prevention of Otitis

Prevention of otitis includes avoiding irritants and allergens such as smoke, pollen, and dust mites, as well as keeping the ears clean and dry. Maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle may help to prevent infection.

Home Remedies for Otitis

The following home remedies may help alleviate symptoms of otitis:

  • Applying a warm compress to the affected ear.
  • Using a non-medicated ear drop to help reduce earwax and relieve pain.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Avoiding loud noises.