Allergic otitis is an allergic state that can become very serious. The otitis (or swelling of the ear) is caused by an allergic trigger. When it comes to allergic triggers...various allergic triggers will result in various symptoms and/or allergic medical states in different patients.
The middle ear is the most frequent locale for allergic otitis. Many individuals with allergic conditions will initially refer to it as a simple earache or sometimes even just a headache. It can become very painful depending upon the case and the patient's level of pain tolerance. The pain is, most often, the most serious aspect of allergic otitis. The problem is typically resolved naturally between 2 and 4 weeks.
Available treatments for Allergic Otitis:
1. Avoidance of the allergic triggers that trigger the condition
2. Non-prescription pain medication; while it lasts allergic otitis can be very painful
3. Prescription pain meds (take as instructed)
4. Non-prescription ear drops (meant to relieve pain topically)
5. Prescription level ear drops to relieve pain (take as instructed)
It is vital that patients who are suffering from any allergy related or triggered condition (like allergic otitis) should take full advantage of the expertise of a nearby allergist. They have the experience and knowledge necessary to uncover the root causes of allergic conditions and maximize the positive effects of treatment; decreasing or even eliminating symptoms.
When working with an experienced allergist the allergic trigger is typically accurately identified by the use of skin scratch or blood tests. This allows patients to avoid the allergen in future; thereby avoiding the resurgence of any allergic condition or allergic attack.
The most effective treatment for any allergen triggered condition is avoidance of the allergen. It is also the most long term solution. It is also the only treatment that is guaranteed to work with every patient. But it isn't possible with many patients. Many patients must suffer the results of exposure to allergens that cannot be avoided. Many allergy treatments are simply not effective for every patient and others are temporary. Working with an experienced allergist will ensure allergy patients will receive the most effective, long term results possible.