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Homeopathic Management of Acute Otitis Media

Published on Feb 23, 2017 and last reviewed on Jun 20, 2022   -  4 min read

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Otitis media is a painful condition frequently encountered in children under five years. Read the article to know the role of homeopathy in combating the disease.

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Homeopathic Management of Acute Otitis Media

What Is Acute Otitis Media?

Acute otitis media (AOM) is the presence of inflammation in the middle ear accompanied by the rapid onset of signs and symptoms of an ear infection. It is one of the most troublesome diseases and persists for days to weeks, characterized by severe pain and inflammation of the tympanic membrane. In addition, some systemic manifestations like an increase in body temperature and tiredness may be seen. Although acute otitis media is a typical condition in young children, it may occur in all ages, including neonates. However, recurrent episodes of ear infections can lead to chronic issues, such as developmental delay of the ear and its associated structures and hearing loss. It has been said that more than half of the child population would have had at least a single episode of AOM.

What Is the Cause of Acute Otitis Media?

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), there are 40 million with hearing impairment worldwide of children above three years of age. The leading cause of it is acute otitis media. Frequently it occurs in infants and children. The pathogenesis of acute otitis media is multifactorial, which includes:

Streptococcus pneumonia, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, and human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) are the most common causative organisms.

What Is the Route of Infection?

The route of infection is mainly through the eustachian tube and external ear infection. The damage to the normal tubal function includes:

What Are the Risk Factors of Acute Otitis Media?

The risk factors of acute otitis media include:

Some other common risk factors of acute otitis media are a frequent infection of the respiratory tract, prolonged use of the bottle for feeding, nasal allergy, congenital disability like cleft palate, etc. However, recurrent acute otitis media is seen more commonly in pacifier users, who are usually fed supine, or in whom the first episode of acute otitis media occurred more than six months ago. In addition, acute otitis media is most common in the winter season.

What Is the Incidence and Prevalence Rate of Otitis Media?

The prevalence of acute otitis media is annually reported and declared mostly in July and December, where children under five years are most commonly affected. It has been said that the prevalence of acute otitis media varies from 2 to 25 %, chronic suppurative otitis media from 5 to 35 %. The prevalence rate of acute otitis media in India is about 15 to 20 %, and chronic suppurative otitis media is 5 to 8 %. The preponderance of otitis media is high worldwide, and it is the primary causative factor of impaired hearing in developing countries.

What Are the Clinical Manifestations of Otitis Media?

Symptoms frequently encountered are a pain in the ear, excessive crying, fever, cough, nasal discharge, hearing loss, rubbing, etc. Pain can be difficult to diagnose in young children, as they may drag at or point to the ear that pains, seem irritable, disinterested in meals, and continue to vomit.

How Can We Prevent Acute Otitis Media?

Some tips to prevent acute otitis media are:

What Is Homeopathic Management for Acute Otitis Media?

Homeopathy is very much efficacious in improving the signs and symptoms of otitis media and breaking the tendency of recurrence of the disease. Though the treatment is completely based on individual patients' complaints, these are the frequently used medicines for acute otitis media. But keep in mind that this is only a guide and should not be used without the proper consultation of a well-trained homeopathic physician. Belladonna, Chamomilla, Sulfur, Mercurius solubilis, Silicea, and Pulsatilla are the medicines used separately on the strict indication for managing otitis media.

1) Belladonna:

This homeopathic medication would be prescribed when you have the following symptoms, but it is one of the poisonous plants, and it should be taken under the physician's instructions.

2) Chamomilla:

Many people have used this plant to help with sleep, and it would be prescribed by health care providers for otitis media when you have the following symptoms:

3) Dulcamara:

This homeopathic treatment is mainly stipulated for joint pain and would be prescribed when you have the following symptoms:

Conclusion:

Homeopathy management is an effective traditional treatment in acute otitis media, and there is no significant difference between other classes of drugs in the main outcome. It has been said that symptomatic improvement was more rapid in the homeopathy treatment, and there was a significant difference in antibiotic requirements, preferring homeopathy.

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