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Information on Otitis Media
Otitis media is defined as inflammation of the middle ear. Acute otitis media is usually a bacterial infection accompanied by viral upper respiratory infection. Recurrent acute otitis media is diagnosed when there are 3 or more acute episodes in 6 months, or 4 or more in 1 year. Otitis media with effusion occurs when persistent inflammation manifests as asymptomatic middle ear fluid that follows acute otitis media or arises without prior otitis media.
By age 7 years, 93% of children have 1 or more episodes of acute otitis media; 39% have 6 or more episodes. Otitis media most commonly occurs between the ages of 6-12 months; and declines after age 7 years. It is rare in adults.
Acute otitis media is considered to be caused by infection. A preceding viral upper respiratory infection produces eustachian tube dysfunction that is thought to promote bacterial infection via eustachian tube. Infectious agents include Haemophilus influenzae (20-25%); Moraxella (Branhamella) catarrhalis (10-15%); Group A streptococci (1-2%); Staphylococcus aureus (1-2%); and Sterile/non-pathogens (25-30%). Of particular interest is that acute otitis media is the last entry: the most common cause is not an infection!
Otitis media with effusion is considered to be caused by a silent bacterial infection in 20-40% of cases. Eustachian tube dysfunction thought important. Allergic causes rarely substantiated.
Risk factors include: Day care; Formula feeding; Smoking in household; Male gender; and a Family history of middle ear disease. Acute otitis media in the 1st year of life is a risk factor for recurrent episodes.
Tympanometry useful to evaluate middle ear effusions.
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Products to consider
Most natural health web sites put a list of herbs, vitamins and nutritional supplements along with citations from scientific studies.
Have you found this to be confusing, since there are so many to choose from?
A far simpler way is to choose a supplement from the appropriate body system, such as liver support, detoxification, etc.
A well formulated supplement works a lot better than separate vitamins and usually costs a lot less.
Please call me at (239) 659-2684 if you would like some assistance in choosing an appropriate product.
I can't diagnose or treat diseases by phone, but I can assist you in making better choices. I also can send some relevant articles to read. The first ten minutes are free (as long as you purchase from my web site).
The next step, after you have been diagnosed with a disease, is to find out what is the specific cause, and then choose supplements that address it. Phone consults are my specialty. Please call my at (239) 659-2684 to schedule a consultation.
I recommend that you make an informed choice, and the goal of this web site is to provide you with the information to make a wise choice when it comes to your health and wellness.
As you can see, I don't sell any vitamins on this web site. There are thousands of vitamin stores that will sell you whatever vitamin you want, and many of them offer discounts.
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Good luck in your journey towards health and wellness!!
Unfortunately, that would be a clear violation of FDA regulations. Also, one of the most important aspect of naturopathy is: "Treat the person, not the disease". This is a profound statement, and many people have spent thousands of dollars on vitamins listed in books or web sites for a specific disease. This is what I call "vending machine medicine". It rarely works! The solution is to find a naturopathic physician, such as myself, to assist you.