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"Exploring Post-Grommet Complications: What You Need to Know"

 Navigating Postoperative Complications of Grommet Insertion: A Comprehensive Guide Grommet insertion, a standard surgical procedure to alleviate symptoms of middle ear disorders, can sometimes be accompanied by postoperative complications. Among these, one of the most frequently encountered issues is otorrhea or ear discharge. Understanding the nature of postoperative complications and their management is crucial for patients and healthcare providers. Types of Otorrhea Postoperative otorrhea manifests in various forms, including early, delayed, chronic, and recurrent. Early otorrhea occurs within four weeks of surgery, while delayed otorrhea surfaces four or more weeks post-surgery. Chronic otorrhea persists for three months or longer, while recurrent otorrhea involves three or more discrete episodes. Studies suggest that ear discharge after grommet insertion affects a significant proportion of patients, with rates varying from 16% to as high as 80%. Prophylactic Measures and Treatmen

Boil in the Ear canal can be very painful...

How do I know I have boil in the ear canal? The ear canal is lined by skin up to the eardrum. Skin in the outer third of the ear canal has hair follicles. Hair follicles can get infected with bacteria and can form boil or furunculosis. It is challenging to look in our own ear canal. You can only feel a bump in the ear canal entrance which is tender to touch. Why is so painful when we have boil in the ear? Ear canal skin is very tightly attached to underlying cartilage. So any swelling in the skin stretches it and makes it very sore to touch. How do we get boil in the ear canal?  Most common causes of boil in the canal is dryness of the skin and trauma. Dry skin leads to cracks and these cracks can get infected. People who use dry earbuds, fingers, towel edges or pens and traumatise ear canal skin, which can get infected with bacteria. How do I release the temptation of using earbuds? Some people can get very dry skin due to sensitivity to soup, shampoo or dy

Do you suffer with tonsillitis?

What are tonsils? Tonsils are a part of the immune system which help the body to fight infections. In some cases, these tonsils itself can get infected and cause tonsillitis. Depending on how frequently the tonsils are getting infected,  it can be referred to as recurrent tonsillitis or chronic tonsillitis. One episode of severe throat pain with foul breath, difficulty in swallowing and in some cases, enlarged lymph nodes, is called acute tonsillitis. In individuals, this acute tonsillitis can progress to the collection of pus around tonsils to form a peritonsillar abscess or Quinsy. What are the causes of acute tonsillitis? Acute tonsillitis, in most cases, can be due to viral infection or bacterial infection. In infectious mononucleosis it can because by Ebstein bar virus and is known as glandular fever. In glandular fever, along with the lymph nodes, your spleen may become enlarged. It is essential to avoid any contact sport during recovery for 4 to 6 weeks a