Cold Otitis Media
Treat Cold, Flu and Ear Infection the natural way
With or without medication, the cold or flu can give you a real hard time, especially when they lead to ear infections. While a variety of medications exist that can give you some relief in symptoms however, they may not always be the best option. Alternatively, you may choose to also take a natural approach that may prevent further illness and speed up recovery.
When it comes to children, a cold/flu or other respiratory infection can also end in an ear infection. This is called an acute otitis media and it appears in the space behind the eardrum called the middle ear. This is very common in children under 8 years of age, as their immature ear can be easily infected.
The Eustachian tube (the tube that connects the throat and the middle ear) of children is shorter, softer, and more horizontal; as a result, it is more easily blocked by secretions than that of older children or adults. Furthermore, the sucking habits of infants make them even more vulnurable to ear infections. To prevent this, always keep an infant at an angle while bottle or breast feeding in order to prevent fluid from entering the ear.
During a cold, throat infection, allergy or other respiratory infections, the Eustachian tube usually swells, this prevents air from entering the middle ear, allowing the secretions enter. Once these secretions enter to the middle ear they are trapped there. This allows viruses and bacteria to grow and cause infections.
About Home Salt Therapy
Using salt therapy you can prevent and reduce the symptoms in colds, flu or ear infections in a natural way. So, if your baby has a stuffy nose and is difficult to nurse, home salt therapy is the best solution. Try our SaltAir device during the night, and your baby won’t wake up due to a stuffy nose and will be able to breathe normally. The inhaled salt aerosol causes the airways to open and clean out secretions. The salt aerosol also kills bacteria and viruses as well! This speeds up recovery and prevents ear infections, in a natural way.
In the range of 0.1-2.5 microns, the salt micro-particles penetrate into every corner of the lung’s bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli. Consequently depositing on respiratory mucosa, clearing secretions and killing bacteria/viruses. Salt has anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal properties and will therefore help to reduce inflammation and unclog blockages due to its hydrophilic and mucolytic effect. Lets check the effects on a few segments of the respiratory system.
In the bronchial tree:
There will be a reduction of mucosa inflammation of the bronchial tree. This is the type inflammation that causes asthma and asthma related symptoms. Reducing this inflammation will widen the airways and promote better breathing. Furthermore, it humidifies and fluidizes the bronchial secretions in the bronchial tree, this promotes relief of broncho-spasms, assisting and improving the treatment of asthma.
In the nose and para-nasal sinuses:
There will be a reduction of the inflammation causing nasal obstruction, clearing secretions in the process. This leads to the widening of the airway passages in the nose and sinuses, improving drainage.
In the auditory tube:
The inflammation of the Eustachian tube, causing obstruction and otitis media, will be diminished. Thus, the airway passages open, and there is better drainage of secretions and better aeration behind the tympanic membrane (drum).
Proper hygiene of the respiratory tract has a very important place in treating and preventing respiratory and ear infections. Here are some tips:
1. Use a home salt therapy device to improve respiratory’s immunity.
2. Correctly blow your nose often – don’t blow your nose too hard as the pressure can carry secretions back into your ear passages; press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently the other.
3. Clean your nose with saline solution using a neti pot or sinus rinse system.
4. Place an extra pillow under your head, creating an angle; the best way is to place it under the mattress to create a smooth slope. This will help with nasal congestion and also prevent ear infection.
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