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Treating secretory otitis media with nasal spray may prevent surgery

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Treating children with secretory otitis media with a bacterial nasal spray could prevent the need for surgery, a recent study has shown.

The doctoral thesis studied 60 Swedish children with secretory otitis media – also known as “glue ear”.

After ten days, a third of the children treated with a solution containing streptococcus got much better or were cured completely, compared to just one child in a placebo group.

A solution containing lactobacillus bacteria was less effective. One explanation for the “marked improvement” is that the spray “stimulates the immune system to conquer long term-term inflammation”, said the authors from the University of Gothenburg.

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