Lapacho – Benefits and Uses Overview
Lapacho is a toxic substance found in some tropical plants. Two plants containing lapacho, guacatonga and pau d’arco, are sometimes used as herbal remedies to treat cancer, diabetes, Candida fungus, More...
An ear infection can cause painful ear aches. The ear is divided into the outer ear (the part you can clean with a Q-tip); the middle ear, which runs from the ear drum to the end of the stapes; and the inner ear, which includes the semi-circular canals. Otitis media, an inflammation of the middle section of the ear, is the most common type of ear ache.
Adults usually become aware of an ear infection when they feel pain in the ear, or notice reduced hearing in one of the ears. Children who are too young to report these symptoms might instead show signs of hearing loss such as speaking too loudly or not responding to your voice. Children also may tug on an infected ear, and might have signs of infection like fever, listlessness, sleep disturbances, nasal congestion, diarrhea, or fever.
Ear infections can occur when bacteria enter the ear and find a lots of ear secretions (commonly called “ear wax”) in which to live and thrive. Sometimes ears may fill with mucus because of allergies or exposure to cigarette smoke, and the mucus attracts and holds bacteria. Swimming in unsanitary water can lead to ear infections, and so can diving or any activity—including showering—that allows water into the ear under force. If you are prone to ear infections, wear ear plugs when swimming and even when showering to keep your ears dry. If you swim without ear plugs, put a few drops of alcohol or apple cider vinegar into each ear after swimming.
Children get more ear infections than adults because of the shape of their heads, which means some of the passages within the ear are horizontal instead of vertical. As they grow and the head elongates, these passages become more vertical and can drain mucus and secretions more effectively.
Nutrition also plays a role in ear infections. Keeping your body’s immune system healthy and strong by eating foods rich in necessary vitamins and nutrients may keep your ears safe. Some important oils to consider specifically for immune health are flax oil, borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, and fish oil. Vitamin A and Vitamin C are both thought to improve the immune system and are especially important for ear health. Zinc may lessen the length of an ear infection. L. acidophilus, a type of bacteria found in yogurt, also may boost your immune system strength.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 80% of children who had ear infections were symptom-free three days after diagnosis – even without antibiotic intervention. That is about the same length of time it takes antibiotics to fight the infection.
Some believe that giving antibiotics to children can make antibiotics less effective for them later in life. However, consult with a healthcare professional before you withhold treatment from your child.
Ear candling, a procedure in which a hollow candle is inserted into the ear and then lit to draw out wax and bacteria, is no longer recommended after research proved it was ineffective and actually increased the risk of ear infection.
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