The “Ciliopathies”

When those little hair-like cilia don’t work normally, bad things happen. The medical terms are “dysmotile cilia syndrome”, “primary ciliary dyskinesia”, and acquired or “secondary ciliary dyskinesia.” All contribute to ear infections (otitis, mastoiditis), sinus infections (rhinosinusitis), and other respiratory infections. Whether “primary” or acquired, here are some tips that might help.

Reflux and Otitis: Does GERD Cause Ear Infections?

A connection between reflux and recurrent or chronic ear infections in babies and children has long been suspected. It’s a difficult thing to study, though. Difficult to design a study with good “controls”. It wasn’t until recently that real data became available suggesting that, yes, reflux can cause ear infections. Here’s the scoop: