The otoscope is a simple device that helps us look through the ear canal. It has two main functions: to determine whether an ear infection exists, and to check the amount of ear wax in a patient.
When we talk about an ear infection, we can refer to two types: acute and chronic. Acute infections begin suddenly, usually within two to seven days of the first symptoms, and are often more serious. Chronic infections, on the other
other hand, start off mild and may become more serious over time. Acute infections are often caused by viruses. Chronic infections are caused by bacteria, fungi, or other types of organisms. Most of the time,
acute infections are bacterial and chronic ones are fungal.
Ear infections also can be caused by a variety of other things, including foreign bodies, mold, excessive wax buildup, and even certain organisms that have been passed into the ear canal by a pet. Otoscopes are not a
particularly sensitive way to detect which type of infection an ear canal holds, so it’s important to have them checked out by a professional for a more accurate diagnosis.
The amount of ear wax that your ear produces varies from person to person. Some people have more ear wax than others, making their ears more prone to infections.
It isn’t just how much ear wax you’ve got in your ear that can affect your health, but also
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