Chronic ear infection in an infant should never be neglected. If you are in the NCR region book an appointment with any of the pediatric ENT doctors in Delhi. Pediatric ENT doctors in Delhi will be able to diagnose the condition and suggest a treatment to prevent the condition from aggravating.
The ear is an important organ used for hearing as well as balance. The human ear comprises the inner ear, middle ear and the outer ear. The inner ear hosts the cochlea, semicircular canals and vestibule which provide the sense of hearing, balance and changes in acceleration and gravity respectively. The middle ear comprises a cavity filled with air, three ossicles, auditory tube and two windows facilitating the transmission of sound from the outer ear to the inner ear. The outer ear, the visible part of the ear organ, comprises the auricle, the ear canal and one side of the eardrum, trapping sounds from the environment and spoken words from other humans to pass it on to the eardrum.
Like any other part of the human body the ear can also get infected by virus or bacteria. Infection can be short lived and may go away quickly. However, some infections may not go away easily and others may keep on occurring frequently. Such cases are known as chronic ear infections.
The main symptoms of ear infection are fever and a runny nose. Other symptoms include mild ear pain, drainage of fluid from the ear and sleep loss. Besides, crankiness and fussiness and tendency to pull the ear constantly manifest as symptoms.
The main reason why ear infection occurs is because of infection in other parts of the face connected to the ear. The ear is connected to the back of the throat and nose through the Eustachian tube. When the upper respiratory system or the nose is infected the Eustachian tube gets affected leading to blockage. The blockage of the fluid builds pressure on the ear drum. The blocked fluid is prone to breed germs causing infection. In toddlers the Eustachian tube is both smaller and shorter than in adults and therefore more prone to catching an infection.
Untreated chronic ear infection may lead to loss of hearing. The balance function may also get affected. Tinnitus may also be a consequence of ear infection. Sometimes, the eardrum can be ruptured.
Sometimes, infection may go away on its own without any treatment. However, persisting ear infection leads to a chronic condition and should not be neglected. Pediatric ENT doctors in Delhi can diagnose the condition and recommend a course of treatment which may include treatment through antibiotics.