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Earache

Introduction

Whether it is a middle ear infection, located deep in the ear, or 'Swimmer's ear', affecting the outer ear canal, earache hurts. It is most often a problem in children, but adults get earache too. Although some conditions disappear of their own accord, supplements can hasten the healing process.

What it is

Earache results from inflamation, infection or swelling in either the outer canal of the ear or in the space adjoining the eardrum, which is the thin membrane separating the outer and the middle ear. The eustachian tube, which extends from the middle ear to the throat, normally drains fluids from the ear, keeping it clear; but inflamation or infection can irritate the ear canal or block  the eustachian tube, leading to the build-up of pus or other fluids and causing pain and other unpleasant symptons.

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