Ear infections: Increased and severed by pollution in beaches and pools
Published: August 14,2012 - 13:10
Tirana - This year unlike the previous ones has seen an increase in the cases of patients that suffer from ear problems. This situation becomes more concerning at this time of year when the frequenting of beaches and pools is at the maximum, places which doctors say serve as a source of ear infections.
Each day, doctors of the Polyclinic Nr. 3 of the specialties in Tirana say, the number of patients goes from 20 to 40 persons. The severe cases, doctors tell, are a cause not only that can lead to hearing loss, but they are harming even to other organs.
'Its characteristic is pain that begins gradually with burning, with itching, and sometimes with an deterioration of hearing, if there is wax, and it gradually increases. The pain increases with the increase of infection because the damage of the ear canal is intensified. This year there have been some few severe cases, either because patients have neglected medication, or they have taken [unprofessional] medication in a pharmacy. The problems we have had include infections that have tended to seize the bones of the ear canal, which then face troubles that can advance,' Pėrparim Neziraj, ENT doctor says.
Doctors say that in these conditions it is impossible to properly serve all patients. In these days, they say, they are overwhelmed and are being obliged to work for long hours.
'We are forced to do our work with some added efforts, because normally a visit needs a certain engagement to be performed, more so in certain conditions. But in the current conditions, we are obliged to do this work, because the assistance needs to be rendered,' Neziraj says.
The Polyclinic of Specialties in Tirana hosts hundreds of patients every day not only from Tirana but also from other districts.
Despite the introduction of the family physician in the health system, it seems that not all patients follow this link, bringing thus a great influx at the polyclinic doors and an overload of work to the doctors, who are few in number in relation to patients who show up every day.