Purulent otitis media of the middle ear in children: symptoms, treatment and prevention
The child, who was still playing calmly and having fun this morning, suddenly begins to be capricious and fiddling with his ear? It is possible that you had to face purulent otitis media. When the first signs of the disease appear, you should seek help from a doctor, because pathology is fraught with serious complications.
The most common disease of ENT organs in preschool age is otitis media. Infection affects the mucous tissues of the middle ear. Inflammation can occur without complications or cause a significant deterioration in well-being. Untimely treatment can lead to death.
Basically, the infection occurs during epidemics or seasonal colds. The disease affects children with weakened immune system at the age from 1 month to 5 years.
According to statistical data, every second kid at least once had otitis media in a light or heavy form.
The following forms of otitis media of the middle ear are distinguished:
- Acute. In most cases it is a consequence of influenza, ARI or other inflammatory diseases of the throat and nose. Usually responds well to treatment and does not cause complications.
- Chronic. It can be the result of incorrect or untimely treatment of acute form. It is fraught with serious consequences.
- Recurrent. Infection manifests more than three times during the year. Most often occurs in children aged 2 to 5 years.