Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Honey, the Best Natural Remedy for Chronic Otitis Externa With No Side Effects

By Kyle J. Norton

On seeking natural therapy with no side effects, scientists may have found a herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of acute otitis externa, according to studies.

Acute otitis externa is a condition characterized by the inflammation of the ear canal. Most cases of acute cute otitis externa are associated with the infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus due to the improper cleaning.

However, people with seborrhoeic dermatitis caused by inflammation of greasy areas of the skin can also lead to infection of the ears.

Most common symptoms of acute otitis include itching, canal edema, canal erythema, and otorrhea.

Most cases of acute otitis externa are healed within days with proper ear drops. However, there is a rare case that the disease may take weeks or months to recover.

Chronic otitis externa shares the common symptoms of the acute form, accompanied by water retention and severe ear pain and temporary loss of hearing, due to building up thick and dry skin can build up inside the ear canal, leading to narrowing the ear canal.

Untreated of chronic otitis externa can cause deafness.

Besides sharing the risk factors with the acute form, otitis externa can also be caused by infection due to long-term use of hearing aids and earplugs. 

Unlike the acute form, most cases of otitis externa are treated with steroid drops in addition to antibiotics accompanied by oral intake of pain medications such as ibuprofen.

Generally, oral antibiotics are not recommended, however, if the infection has spread beyond the ear canal, oral antibiotics may be applied.

According to the statistics, otitis externa affects 1–3% of people in America a year and 95% of people complaints of the condition are acute.

Honey, the rich golden liquid is the miraculous product made by bees using nectar from flowers.

The liquid is considered one of healthy sweet food for replacing the use of white sugar and artificial sweetener by many people.

On the finding a natural ingredient for the treatment of eczematous external otitis, scientists investigated the antibacterial potential of medical honey eardrops as treatment of eczematous external otitis.

15 patients diagnosed with recurrent eczematous external otitis were selected and treated with medical honey eardrops for 2 weeks. 

Honey treatment resulted in less discomfort and itching and decreased signs of eczema with no side effects, according to assays.

Although honey eardrops showed a strong in vitro inhibitory activity against all tested strains, it did not eradicate Staphylococcus aureus infection.

Honey eardrops also reduced the visual analog scale of ear complaints, a score of eczema, and increased the eradication of bacterial infection. Most patients in the study, are satisfied with the use of honey eardrops for the treatment of their eczematous external otitis.

Dr. Henatsch D, the lead scientist, after taking into account co and confounders said, "The results of this preliminary study indicate a possible role of honey eardrops in eczematous ear disease".

Taken altogether, honey may be considered a functional remedy for the treatment of eczematous external otitis, pending to the confirmation of larger sample size and multicenter human study.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Treatment of Recurrent Eczematous External Otitis with Honey Eardrops: A Proof-of-Concept Study by Henatsch D1, Nabuurs CH1, van de Goor RM1, Wolffs PF2, Stokroos RJ. (PubMed)
(2) Alternative Treatments for Atopic Dermatitis: An Update by Shi K1, Lio PA. (PubMed)
(2) Acute Otitis Externa: An Update by PAUL SCHAEFER, MD, PhD, and REGINALD F. BAUGH, MD. (AAFP)

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