Sep 30 2011
During glandular fever treatment, when the immune system is under stress, secondary conditions like ear infections can develop. Glandular fever and ear infections are particularly common in children.
The majority of infections in the ears are believed to be viral. About 22% are bacterial, most commonly caused by bacteria like Streptococcus pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae.
The diagnosis of an infection in the ear is based on ear pain associated with fever. The ear drum appears red and bulging and the patient feels irritable and restless. In younger children the pain can be so intense as to make them scream and cry.
With secondary infections a responsible doctor may advise you to wait at least a couple of days, using pain killers if necessary to dull the pain. This will determine if an antibiotic is really needed. If antibiotics are prescribed during a bout of glandular fever and ear infections then be aware that a nasty side effect can be a skin rash. A skin rash can vary from mild and transient to an itchy, painful rash that lasts weeks.
Here’s some of the treatments I recommend to my patients with a history of glandular fever and ear infections.
- Essential oils
Warm a teaspoon of vegetable oil like olive oil, and add to it 3 drops of tea tree and 2 drops of lavender. Soak a piece of cotton wool in this and use to plug the ear.
Garlic is great for glandular fever and ear infections. Some of my elderly patients swear by peeling a clove of garlic, wrapping it in gauze and placing it in the affected ear overnight. You can put some olive oil in the ear first to prevent any skin irritation. You can also drip some warmed garlic oil or liquid garlic extract in the ear every 2-3 hours. These remedies should not be used if the ear drum is perforated.
- Improve diet
An imbalanced diet with too much refined food causes an accumulation of toxins and a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. For glandular fever and ear infections it is important to base the diet around fresh fruit and vegetables, quality proteins, natural oils and whole grains.
- Antibacterial herbs like olive leaf, echinacea and goldenseal can help reduce the infection of both glandular fever and ear infections.
- Hot compresses, heat bags or hot water bottles on the affected ear can ease ear pain.
- Drink plenty of fluids
The very action of swallowing helps the ear tubes to open and drain, so drinking lots of fluids will help.
- Immune boosting nutrients like Vitamin A, C, E and zinc are important in treating glandular fever and ear infections.
For further information on the natural treatment of glandular fever and ear infections please refer to the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble. The e-book comes with 30 days of personal email support if further guidance is required.