Acid for the ears
PTA may recommend ear drops with procaine and phenazone for the pain in uncomplicated otitis externa, as in Otalgan® ear drops. It is important to note that they should only be used if the eardrum is not damaged. If the pain feels very severe, the affected person can also take analgesics.
Otherwise, it is important to keep the ears dry and to refrain from swimming or diving. It is also better for patients to avoid using earplugs or in-ear headphones during the infection. If they want to reuse them later, PTA can recommend an alcohol-based solution for disinfection to avoid re-infection.
To prevent re-infection, proper ear hygiene is indispensable. It is usually sufficient to gently remove excess wax from the outer ear with a damp cloth. In cases of excessive cerumen production, such as hearing aid wearers, it is best for patients to discuss with the doctor whether they can come in regularly for professional cleaning. In some cases, special ear cleaning products can help, such as Otowaxol®, Audispray® or Otitex® ear drops.
A good tip is always to keep your ears dry. For divers, special diving masks that also enclose the ears can be a solution. For summer bathing fun, there are tight-fitting bathing caps that cover the ears well and are not sufficient under water, but they do keep splashing water out.
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Do not stop breastfeeding
Aus unserer Serie »English Lesson«: It comes out of nowhere: suddenly a breast starts to tighten, swell and hurt. Palpation reveals knotty, hardened areas. The joy of breastfeeding is then over for the time being.
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Constipation in children
Medicine, nutrition – and a lot of patience
Aus unserer Serie »English Lesson«: Constipation can torment sufferers immensely. The constant squeezing during the rarely successful sessions promotes the leakage of haemorrhoidal cushions and can lead to anal fissures.
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When viruses awaken
Aus unserer Serie »English Lesson«: Every year, around 400,000 people in Germany contract shingles. Many patients know the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus (VZV), from childhood, as it is the first manifestation of chickenpox.