Glue Ear

see also Glue Ear

Accumulation of sticky fluid behind eardrum due to Eustachian Tube Blockage. Use of antibiotics to treat acute ear infections may be a contributory factor. Symptoms are increasing Deafness (as bones in the middle ear are prevented from vibrating properly) and in extreme cases, total deafness (if bones become fused together). Conventionally treated by making a small incision through eardrum, sucking out some of the fluid, then inserting a little tube called a grommet through the eardrum to allow the rest of the fluid to drain out. Constitutional treatment should be sought, but if there is no improvement after 6 months the risk of permanent deafness is great enough to warrant the conventional procedure.

Specific remedies to be taken 4 times daily for up to 14 days

  • Thick, smelly discharge from outer ear, copious production of saliva during sleep Mercurius 6c
  • Deafness, with a roaring noise in affected ear and eczema on ear flap Lycopodium 6c
  • Full, stuffed up feeling in affected ear Pulsatilla 6c
  • Snapping noises in affected ear, swollen lymph glands in neck Kali mur. 6c

Self-help: Try avoiding dairy products for 1 month.

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  Children's Hearing Assessment Centre (CHAC)
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