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CHRONIC SUPPURATIVE INFLAMMATION OF THE MIDDLE EAR
Category: Diseases of The Eye and Ear
An inflammation that
forms pus; hence called suppurative. This is an inflammation that has
become chronic (continued) and has one characteristic at least that is
very noticeable, and that is the discharge. This may last for an
indefinite period. The acute suppurative (pus-forming) inflammation just
described in the foregoing pages, may have inflicted various kinds and
degrees of damage upon the mucous membrane which lines the cavities, and
as a result of the conditions thus established there will be a discharge
which may last an indefinite time.
Causes. Improper or lack of treatment for the acute suppurative
inflammatory attack. This is the chief cause. The first attack may have
been caused by scarlet fever, measles, etc. They are prone to become
chronic, especially if not recognized early and treated properly.
Symptoms. The main symptom is the discharge from the ear. This may be
abundant or scanty. It may stop for a time and begin again. The hearing
may be slightly or seriously impaired. Such patients are not accepted by
life insurance companies.
Treatment. Cleanliness of the parts and perfect drainage must be secured.
Syringing with one to fifty carbolic acid solution (acid one part, warm
water fifty parts) is good treatment. The opening in the drum should be
made large enough to give free discharge to the pus in the middle ear.
The patient's strength must be built up if necessary.
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