Children Who Have Otitis Media Often Have Flu?
Good night. Permission to ask … is the correlation between young children often having the flu and swimming in the pool with the occurrence of OMSK?
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OMSK or chronic suppurative otitis media caused by chronic inflammation of the ear accompanied by holes in the eardrum that often recur or continuously in 2 months or more. Patients with CSOM are often accompanied by symptoms:
1. itchy ears
2. runny ears
3. smell on the ear
4. hearing loss
5. can be accompanied by fever
Risk factors for patients with CSOM are:
1. recurrent middle ear infection
2. inflammation or infection of the ear, nose or throat area (ISPA), such as coughing repeatedly, recurring or not cured flu, recurrent allergies, inflammation of the Eustachian tube
4. history of patients with autoimmune disease
5. environment, pollution, population density, and general body health
To establish a diagnosis of CSOM requires direct consultation with a pediatrician or with an ENT doctor either through interviews, physical examinations, or supporting examinations. Treatment will be given after the diagnosis is established from the results of the examination that has been done.
In accordance with your question, the presence of flu complaints and swimming habits is one of the risk factors that increases the incidence of CSOM. In patients who have had perforations or eardrums or discharge from the ear, it will be more risky to do swimming frequently, especially because swimming water is likely to enter the ear-eardrum and this will aggravate the infection in the middle ear. Therefore, your child should immediately get an examination and treatment if you experience complaints of flu, and or cough that is annoying or repetitive to prevent the risk of infection of the ear, because the nasal cavity and throat are associated with the ear cavity through the Eustachian tube. So that if the flu or cough is long and repeated can cause complications of infection in the ear.
To ascertain the condition of the cause and condition of your child's ear at this time, you should consult with a pediatrician or ENT doctor as described above.
And if your child has a flu and ear complaints appear, you should avoid getting water in your ear.
Thus the info we can convey.