Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “”EARS-WISE“ to remember about the Warning Signs of Otitis Media
E – Earwax Accumulation: Avoid excessive cleaning that can push earwax deeper, contributing to blockages.
A – Antibiotic Overuse: Avoid unnecessary antibiotics to prevent resistance; reserve them for bacterial infections.
R – Recurrent Swimming: Avoid prolonged exposure to water, as it may lead to moisture retention in the ear, promoting infection.
S – Secondhand Smoke: Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke, as it can exacerbate inflammation and hinder recovery.
W – Warm Compress: Avoid applying direct heat, as it may worsen inflammation; opt for a warm compress if needed.
I – Irritants: Avoid exposure to environmental irritants like strong chemicals or allergens that can worsen symptoms.
S – Swabbing: Avoid using cotton swabs to clean the ear canal; it can push debris further and cause injury.
E – Excessive Noise: Avoid loud environments to prevent further irritation and potential damage to the ear.