Middle Ear Infections

What Causes Middle Ear Infection?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of middle ear infection we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow middle ear infection to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind middle ear infection consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to middle ear infection.  For example, food allergies.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
history of sinusitis
indoor allergies
excess nose/throat mucus
frequent colds/flus
frequent meal-related bloating
history of eczema
history of ovarian cysts
frequent unexplained nausea
discomfort caused by mold/mustiness
high refined white flour consumption
pain/burning behind breastbone
occasional rotten egg burps
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of middle ear infection.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate ear/hearing problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you suffered from middle ear infections (otitis media) behind the eardrum? Note: These are not the same as outer ear infections (otitis externa), which occur in the ear canal.
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major/many episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor middle ear infection
→ Current major middle ear infection
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of middle ear infection, current middle ear infection or severe current middle ear infection, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Allergy to Foods (Hidden).
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