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How to Avoid Ear Injuries and Infections

Ears are a very sensitive part and should be taken care of properly. Build-up of wax, pimples and infections due to entry of water into the ear as in case of swimmers are the most commonly encountered problems of ears. Some people have defects of the ear by birth. Recently, plastic surgeries have come into existence to correct the problems of outer ear. Here are some tips that can be taken in consideration to avoid ear injuries and infections.

The most common cause for ear injuries is caused by objects that are inserted into the ear in order to remove the accumulated wax. For example, if you are sitting in a garden a small insect might suddenly enter into your ear. The damage caused by the insect is merely zero because the insect will die immediately after it enters the ear due to lack of air. But to get rid of this insect you may insert a pencil or an ear bud and rub it rapidly inside the ear. This will cause damage to the inner sensitive tissues and this develops into an infection. Hence, to avoid this sort of injuries and infections it is highly recommended to avoid inserting pointed objects into the ear either to remove wax or for other reasons.

Many swimmers frequently report developing ear infections. This is mainly due to entry of water into the ear. This can be avoided by inserting ear plugs into the ear at the time of swimming. This will prevent the entry of water. Another solution for this is the use of alcohol drops into the ear. However, this has to be used only under the guidance of a physician. Use of alcohol drops evaporates the water that has entered into the ear and reduces the risk of developing ear infections.

In small children, ear infections frequently develop due to persistent cold or influenza and measles. To avoid infections due to cold, care has to be taken immediately after the child develops cold. Do not allow the child to sneeze very hard in an attempt to get rid of the mucus stuck in the nostrils. If the child reports any itching in the ear, do not allow him to insert a finger or other objects to scratch the ear. This will damage the tissue. Take your doctor’s advice immediately to prevent the infection from spreading into the inner ear.

In addition to all the above measures, it is essential to take steps to maintain the personal hygiene of the ear. If there is too much of wax clogged up in the ear you may experience some degree of impaired hearing. Wax that is hardened in the ear can be removed through an ear syringe that is filled with slightly warm water. However, this has to be done only by experienced personnel. It is highly recommended to avoid too much usage of syringe to get rid of the wax. This may result in developing of unwanted infections due to usage of water.





Christopher Jacoby

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    In clinical research, Xylitol has also been shown to be effective in preventing ear infections.
     


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