What is Otitis media ?

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Glue ear is the term used to describe the medical condition ‘secretory otitis media and otitis media with effusion’.  This condition results in a thick, sticky liquid building up behind the ear drum – hence the term Glue.  Glue ear is a very common condition that affects 80% of children at some point during their childhood.  

Approximately 7 in 10 children will experience at least one episode of glue ear before they are 4 years old, they will often be unaware they have it and the symptoms are often very difficult for the parents to identify.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there were 129.8 million visits to the emergency room in 2010. Maybe you were one of them. Sometimes situations arise and there is confusion about where to get treatment emergency room or urgent care center. If you’re not sure where to go, read on. Making the right choice could save your life.

My three-year-old has a fever and says his ear hurts, where should I go?


Known as otitis media, this type of ear infection affects the middle ear and eardrum and is common in infants and younger children. It is often accompanied by a low-grade fever. In the past, acute otitis media (AOM) was routinely treated with antibiotics. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends deferring treatment with medication in certain children for 48 to 72 hours. However pain relievers can be used to manage the ear pain and fever. The decision to observe or treat is based on the child’s age, diagnosis and illness severity.


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