originally posted by: clay2 baraka
Equalizing pressure will do nothing to kill off the infection. Antibiotics will...
You are correct about the antibiotic curing the ear infection.
What is causing the pain is pressure from fluid build up in the middle ear that causes pressure behind the ear drum.
When we are very young our eustachian tubes (tubes that run directly to the back of the throat that drain fluid) are kind of crooked. This is usually
the cause of chronic ear infections in infants because it impedes the drainage of fluid causing a fluid build up in the inner ear. As we grow older
it straightens out and the chronic infections usually go away.
By the way they are quite painful.
Unequal pressure applied to the ear with puffs of air sometimes cause the ear drum to rupture this relieving both pressure and pain.
I'm not even going to talk about the ghastly practice of "gas lighting" to basically do the same thing. I can't believe people even do it anymore.
For some reason my left eustachian tube never straightened out and have had more ruptured ear drums than I care to say.
Tubes placed in the ear drum act as a drainage port for the fluid and greatly reduce chronic ear infections with almost no loss of hearing.
I am legally deaf in my left ear because of the many ruptures and probably paid for my ENT's Porche.
A couple of years ago I had an ear infection that was so unbearable that after repeatedly banging my head on the pillow trying to pop the ear drum I
tap danced to the ER. I was inmtriage and the nurse asked me what was going on as I was sitting in the chair with my finger placed behind the ear lobe
and just as I was about to reply the ear drum popped and after a few seconds I felt sooooo much better. It still hurt but I was happy.
What I wasn't counting on though was the amount of blood and puss leaking down my neck.
She thought I had just had an aneurism and I have never seen a doctor that fast in my life at a ER.
I have to correct myself, it was a tech, not a nurse. A nurse would have realized that if I had had an aneurism I would have been dead before I hit
APD, I would advise your wife to see an ENT. All they do all day is look in ears and noses.
They know what they're doing.
And for the love of God, don't allow any of that voodoo mumbo jumbo crap be done to your wife or anyone else in your family.
Sorry for the long post. I don't usually write this much but this is a topic I know well.
Have a great new year everyone!