So most of us have had ear infections from one time or the other. Being in the medical profession, I like to be a little more precise. Approximately 1 in 38 people or 7 million people in the USA will develop an ear infection (otitis media). Ear infections occur when a cold, throat infection or allergies result in fluid becoming trapped within the middle ear. This allows bacterial flora to flourish within the middle ear. In other cases, it is due to nasophargyngeal flora making their way up into the middle ear via the eustachian tube.
It is the second most commonly diagnosed illness in children after the common cold in the US. Statistics show that more than 3 out of 4 children have had at least one ear infection by the time they turn 3. It has been shown that there is an especially increased incidence of children developing ear infections during the winter months as well, likely secondary to the increased colds experienced. Some of the most common presenting symptoms of ear infections include earache, nausea, vomiting, malaise, drainage from the ear, irritability and many other symptoms.
Treatment is with either antibiotics if the cause is bacterial or ear drops. Unfortunately, if the infection is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help. However, in children with persistent ear infections, some docs may recommend ear tube surgery which is may be quite costly. Here's where EarDoc comes in. EarDoc uses vibrations in order to open up the Eustachian tube and allow the fluids to drain out thus, helping to resolve symptoms and the ear infection itself. My favorite part about it is that its non-invasive, it stays outside your body. I can understand children not wanting to take medications and parents having troubles keeping their little ones still for ear drops and this would be the perfect solution.
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