Charlène de Monaco has been trapped in South Africa for several months, away from Prince Alberto and his children, Jacques and Gabriella. The reason? A severe ears, nose and throat that prevents it from mounted on an airplane and forced it to go through operating room.
The nightmare of the Olympic exnadora started in the month of March, days before traveling to its Natal South Africa to participate in a rhino conservation project. The princess then subjected to an intervention in the mouth, quite common before the placement of a dental implant: an elevation of the maxillary sinus.
"Surely what happened to him was, he was going to put an implant, for it they made an elevation of the maxillary sinus, and the intervention was complicated with sinusitis, which is not uncommon", explains the otolaryngologist Claudio Fragola. "In these cases, in which sinusitis has been originated by a surgical process, it is usually prescribed by prescribing antibiotic and nasal washes. Yes, after waiting a few weeks, the picture is not resolved with antibiotic or it is clearly seen that the Breast elevation, you have to operate again to clean the area and remove the infectious picture. This has been Charlène's case. " The Monegasca princess was submitted two weeks ago to a new intervention and she will have to wait several more, even months, until the infection and inflammation disappear completely.
Being separate from your family has made the process even sadder for the princess. In statements to the South African news channel News24, he explained that his medical team alerted her that, due to the infection, he could not support a flight above 20,000 feet high (6,096 meters), as the pressure of his ears is not I would match. "What has been extremely difficult is not being able to return to Monaco for my tenth wedding anniversary, it is a very painful moment," she confessed.
"When there is a striking sinus, which affects the throat and ears, it is usually presented by otitis serosa. Mocus accumulates in the ears and do not ventilate well," says Fragola. This is especially important when traveling by plane, when sports such as diving or parachuting are practiced, or when ports and mountains are quickly descended, as the organism faces great pressure changes. Thus, someone with Catarro should not fly. "The nose compensates for the pressure of the ears every time we swallow. However, if they are inflamed or with mucus, this does not work. Then, the ears hurt a lot and can get drilled. When we see a pilot with one of these pictures, We leave it two or three weeks without flying, "says the agreer.
Flights are not the most comfortable situations for the ears, which are very sensitive to pressure changes, especially sudden during landings.
To prevent perforations in the eardrum or injury in the inner ear, you have to avoid, above all, to make the trip before the presence of a respiratory infection. In addition, gestures of swallowing, yawning or chewing can be useful. Also practice the Valsalva maneuver, which consists of taking air, covering the nose and mouth and blowing by increasing the pressure in the pharynx, as it helps to ventilate the ear.
But how do I identify the presence of one of these infections? Charlène felt a "very strong" ears pain that forced her to go to the specialist. The case of it, an infection of ears, nose and throat at the same time, is not, however, very common. Fragola indicates that ear infections usually occur in isolation, and that nose and throat usually see themselves.
In this sense, Esteban Scola, from the Santa Elena clinic, recalls that the main symptoms of an infection of ears are tamponade, pain, loss of hearing and suppuration: "If there is a very severe pain, suppuration, or if An improvement is not appreciated after 24 or 48 hours taking analgesics, the patient must go to the doctor. "
Nose infection is usually accompanied by rhinorrhea, with thick, greenish or very whitish snot; In addition to nasal tamponing and, sometimes, headache. Nor are sneezing, itching, fever or feeling that mucus falls towards the throat.
That is why it is not strange to see in consultation, according to the Item, infections of the two zones at the same time: In the end, the nose is halfway between the ear and the throat. The main symptoms that make suspecting a throat infection are pain in the area and fever.
To treat the aforementioned infections, it is important to know its cause. Fragola alert that, on many occasions, antibiotic is prescribed incorrectly, when the origin is viral. "In general, nose infections are usually viral pictures, such as typical winter viral rhinitis; and between ear and throat infections there are many caused by bacteria, in whose cases antibiotics are indicated".
Thus, according to Fragola, the usual treatment of otitis is usually composed of droplets, an anti-inflammatory and, in addition, in the case of otitis media, of an oral antibiotic. For throat infections, an anti-inflammatory is prescribed if you do not see plaques in the tonsil area and, if you see, an antibiotic. In nose infections, if it is a picture of viral rhinitis, the standard, nasal washes, a spray and an anti-inflammatory, and if there is a sinusitis, it depends. "If it has been originated by a surgical intervention, as in the case of Charlène, you have to take antibiotic and make nasal washes, even sometimes, to operate it."Date Of Update: 04 September 2021, 22:36