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Categories: 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.