Otitis Media - Treatment

How can Otitis Media be treated ?

Most of the time, otitis media clears up with proper medication and home treatment. Antibiotics are given to combat infection. Antihistamines are prescribed for allergies. Analgesic ear drops can ease the pain of an earache. Warmth to the ears (using warm cloths or warm water bottles, for example) may relieve pain. Oral osteroid tablets may occasionally be prescribed to reduce inflammation. Decongesants are given to relive cold. Paracetamol is given for fever. An operation, called a myringotomy may be recommended for some patients.

This involves a small surgical incision (opening) into the eardrum to promote drainage of fluid and to relieve pain.

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