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2 Drops of Garlic Olive Oil Can CURE a Painful Ear Infection, Here’s How to Make It
However, many parents turn to harmful antibiotics to treat their child’s ear infection when there is already an easy-to-make, natural home remedy that doesn’t come with all of the side effects of these over-the-counter drugs. But first, let’s take a look at what an ear infection really is.
What Is An Ear Infection?
An ear infection, otherwise known as acute otitis media, is the most common cause of earaches and is characterized by a bacterial infection of the middle ear, which is the space behind the ear drum that connects to the inner ear. Ear infections are often caused by the common cold or a flu. This is because the middle ear is connected to the upper respiratory tract by a tiny channel called the Eustachian tube. Bacteria from the infected respiratory tract is able to travel through this tube and cause an infection of the ear as a result.
Although ear infections can occur during any age, they frequently effect infants and young children. Ear infections are so common in children, in fact, that they account for 30 million doctor visits a year in the U.S. Many experts believe that the reason ear infections effect so many infants and young children is because their Eustachian tube (the tube that connects the respiratory tract to the middle ear) is still developing. In developing children it is very soft and has a hard time staying open, leading to a build up of bacteria and germs which then cause the ear infection.
Aside from young children and infants, people who are at risk of developing an ear infection include:
- People with a family history of ear infections
- Babies who are bottle fed
- Children that attend daycare centers
- People who consume second hand smoke
- People with a cleft palate
- People with poor immune systems or chronic respiratory diseases
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