A disease characterized by severe pain in the eardrum is common and is associated with the flu. Here’s how to identify it.
Earache is a condition that affects many at any point in life. However, it is common for this condition to occur or intensify when you have the common cold or flu. This is, according to a report published by EFE Salud, the main factor causing otitis media: an inflammation of the eardrum that causes acute pain and is the most common ear disease.
According to Dr. Luis Lassaletta Atienza, president of the Otology Commission at the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (SEORL-CCC as per its Spanish acronym), acute otitis media, if not treated in time, can lead to facial paralysis or even meningitis.
The doctor even warns that it can also be caused by an allergy, since mucus accumulates just like during a flu and obstructs the eustachian tube (tube that connects the throat with the ear), increasing pressure and retaining fluid in the ear, which causes otitis.
“We can avoid otitis by taking antihistamines or nasal corticosteroids,” the doctor explains, to keep the airways as free as possible. In addition, he adds that the ears should not be cleaned with Q-tips or any other small device that is not directly recommended by specialists, because it can create wounds in the duct, perforations of the eardrums, and infections.
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