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.