Glue ear is a chronic (long-term) condition in which the middle ear fills up with a thick, discharge resembling glue, which impairs normal hearing.
What to look for
It tends to begin with a sudden inflammation of the middle of the middle ear and may be a complication of a nose or throat infection.
The lining of the middle ear cavity may become inflamed, producing too much sticky fluid. Blockage of the Eustachian tube stops the fluid from draining away.
When to seek further professional advice
If you think your child has glue ear you should take them to the doctor so that he may treat the condition appropriately.
Glue ear may respond to Kinesiology treatment.
A nutritional therapist can offer helpful treatment, as can a Western Herbalist.
Homeopathy is also a very useful therapy for glue ear.
The orthodox treatment for severe glue ear involves a surgical incision in the eardrum, then inserting fine tubes called grommets. These allow fluid to drain from the middle ear, and can be helpful in the short term. Regular antibiotics may be needed to control infection.
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