After the scorching heat, practically everyone in the country is looking forward to the arrival of the monsoon. Did you know, however, that the approach of monsoon season raises the danger of microbial infections? In humid weather, fungi spores develop quickly, making fungal diseases especially common during the rainy season. Apart from the skin and eyes, incidences of such diseases affecting the ears are on the rise, necessitating the incorporation of a few preventative measures.
Dr Ankit Jain of Apollo Spectra Mumbai, an ENT expert, discussed the causes of ear infections and shared certain indications that should be addressed carefully in an interview with the Hindustan Times.
“Too much humidity can be a breeding ground for bacteria producing fungal infection,” Dr Ankit Jain remarked while describing how humidity causes ear infections. Ear infections can also be caused by debris in the ear and bruising from earphones. Otomycosis, a fungal infection of the ear, also has a negative impact on the ear.”
Aside from bruises, several allergies, as well as the common cold and flu, can cause infection. “Furthermore, bacteria like Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae are culprits behind bacterial ear infections,” the health expert added. Though bacterial infection occurrences occur throughout the year, the rainy season sees a significant increase.”
Swelling, irritation, itching, clogged ears, earache, watery discharge, dizziness, severe headaches, impaired hearing, and even fever are all indications of an ear infection that should be taken promptly.
Here are a few precautions you can take during the monsoon season to avoid infection:
You must keep your ears clean and dry during the rainy season. You can do the same thing using a dry and clean cotton cloth.
Avoid using cotton swabs or ear buds in humid weather because cotton swabs can trap bacteria and transmit infection in your ear.
Because an infection in the throat can quickly travel to the ear, it’s important to protect your throat by avoiding cold foods and drinks.
As much as we enjoy using headphones, it is critical to maintain them clean in order to avoid infections. To keep everything completely sanitised, apply a disinfectant spray.
Checkups with an ENT expert every six months should never be neglected.