Spotlight on ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat)

We can safely say that winter 2011 has come to an end. For some, this is great news, as it marks the end of colds, flus and winter blues. For others, this new season can mark the beginning of hay fever, allergies and ear infections.

Hay fever

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat and sinuses. It is often caused by an allergy to grasses, other plant pollens in the air and animal fur. It is also exacerbated by foods, chemicals and other atmospheric pollutants. The immune system that kicks in to fight viruses and bacteria, thinks pollens, wheats and dust are also harmful and releases histamine. This in turn produces these lovely hay fever symptoms.Hay fever is common in people with a family history of eczema, asthma and hives.

Homeopathic medicines can provide not only short term relief but can assist to bring the overactive immune system back into a normal healthy state.


Middle Ear Infections and Glue Ear in Children

Any parent who has had to sit through the screams of a child with a middle ear infection (acute otitis media), knows how distressing this condition can be. Repetitive colds over the winter season may have formed into ear infections by spring. Glue ear (otitis media with effusion) is a common side effect and common in infants and toddlers as their eustachian tubes are much smaller, making it easier for fluid to get trapped.

Varying types and degrees of ear infections can be helped through the use of individually prescribed homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy differs from conventional medicine in that it doesn’t focus on treating ear infections as a separate problem, but instead, treats the child as a whole. The child’s likes and dislikes, particular personality traits, emotional behaviours and other physical symptoms are included in the case taking.

Homeopathy is a safe and natural alternative to consider in the treatment of such conditions.


Surfers Ear (Bony Exotosis of the External Auditory Canal)

Winter surfs are fantastic for great waves and solitude, however, for some winter exacerbates particular ear conditions and come spring, you may be regretting those wet, windy conditions you endured for the fix of a wave.

Surfer’s ear is a condition in which there is bony overgrowth of the external ear canal caused by repeated exposure to cold, wet conditions. In the long term it can cause the canal to narrow, which in turn can cause water to be trapped, exposing you to a greater risk of infection and hearing problems.
Homeopathic treatment may assist with the pain and discomfort affiliated with surfers ear.

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