Ear infections are so common in the U.S. that 5 out of 6 children experience one by the age of 3. They commonly occur in children because of their immature, shorter and angled Eustachian tube which is part of the middle ear that allows bacteria more easily. Adults can still get ear infections too. What’s great is that chiropractic care can treat ear infections in all ages.
Keep on reading to learn why.
The causes of ear infections are a virus or bacteria getting in the middle ear. This causes inflammation and fluid build-up which causes pain. Ear infections can also be caused by colds, flu and allergies because they congest and swell nasal passages, throat and Eustachian tubes.
The following are the common symptoms of ear infections.
- Ear pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Ear fluid drainage
- Poor hearing
- Loss of balance
General treatment for ear infections are letting it clear on their own, but doctors will prescribe antibiotics and NSAIDs to relieve more severe pain, especially in infants. The problem with taking these drugs for ear infections is that they do have side effects.
Chiropractic care on the other hand has been shown to be quite effective with it comes to treating ear infections. For example, a study by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that out of forty six children under the age of five, 93% reported relief in ear infection symptoms after receiving chiropractic care.
Make an appointment for your ear infection today!